George hits it out of the park on this one. I have asked myself this question so many times. Why do ranchers think our native carnivores should be killed to benefit them? And why should they be paid compensation for tiny livestock losses?
Predators share this landscape and have every right to be here. If ranchers want to do business in wolf country, then practice sound animal husbandry. Enough coddling of ranchers!
Do Ranchers Have The Right To A Predator Free Landscape?
by George Wuerthner 11/22/10
One of the unquestioned and unspoken assumptions heard across the West is that ranchers have a right to a predator free environment. Even environmental groups like Defenders of Wildlife more or less legitimize this perspective by supporting unqualified compensation for livestock losses to bears and wolves. And many state agency wolf management plans specifically call for compensation to livestock producers—but without any requirements that livestock husbandry practices be in place to reduce or eliminate predation opportunity.
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Cattle Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Posted in: Public Land Degradation by Livestock, Wolf Wars
Tags: welfare ranching, wolves, taxpayers paying for “predator control”, cattle barons