Guest Column: Wolf expansion has ranchers worried about their livelihoods

Recent decisions by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to expand the number of Mexican wolves and the area the wolves are allowed to roam, has Greenlee County ranchers extremely worried. Wolves will now be allowed to roam freely across all of Greenlee County and about two-thirds of both Arizona and New Mexico. The Fish […]

Ranchers Face Wolves at the Gate

The Diamond M ranch sits on the Kettle River in northeast Washington State, close enough to the Canadian border that a well-thrown rock might hit a range-riding Mountie and cause an international incident. It is a frontiersman’s dream: acres of prairie surrounded by wooded areas with the pristine Kettle River flowing through the middle of […]

California Wolf Attacks on Livestock Increase as Packs Grow

Special to The Outdoor Wire: SACRAMENTO, CA —The Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) has set up a “wolf page” on their website to keep track of reported incidents involving wolves in California, and while they would like you to think they are uncommon, wolf attacks on livestock are climbing. Of course, this website says nothing […]

Wolves Continue Killing Cattle In Northwest Minnesota

In Search of the Hidden Public Costs of Wolves

By James Beers: This was written for the Wallowa County [Oregon] Chieftain newspaper and can be found on their Facebook page. Recently an ad hoc group of wildlife professionals concerned with wolves in Europe, Canada and the US has been discussing a 7 April 2015 article in the Wallowa County (Oregon) Chieftain newspaper.  The article, […]

ANALYSIS/COMMENTARY: Cost of wolves calculable

Below is a “snap shot”, simplistic view of the economic impact of wolves on rural communities based upon a six year, ongoing study conducted by Dr. Doug Johnson, OSU, Dr. Larry Larson, OSU, and John Williams, OSU – Beef Extension specialist – Wallowa County. Specific details are available through these individuals. Economic Impact on a […]

Idaho commission says wolf-livestock kills hit record in past year

Idaho’s Rangeland Resources Commission says wolf attacks on livestock in Idaho hit a record over the past year, and they’re anticipating more this summer. From January to June of 2018, state and federal authorities documented 61 confirmed wolf-livestock kills, the commission said Tuesday, and responded to a record 113 different Idaho cattle or sheep ranches […]

When cattle go missing in wolf territory, who should pay the price?

Before its adoption in 2011, some believed Oregon’s compensation program might be more successful than others in this regard. Oregon’s liberal-leaning urban areas expanded support for wolves’ re-entry, and legislators had years of data and experience to draw on from other Western states where wolves had returned earlier. The program required ranchers to implement nonlethal […]

An Open Letter About the Insanity of Wolf Protection Over Livelihoods

The Merciful Bullet By Len McIrvin, Partner Diamond M Ranch Laurier, WA 99146 As I looked into the dark, pain filled, pleading eyes of the calf lying on the ground in a dense thicket, many thoughts flashed through my mind. This had been a strong, healthy heifer calf (in human terms, she would have been […]

The Economic Effect of Wolf Predation on Ranching Families and Rural Communities

The Economic Effect of Wolf Predation on Ranching Families and Rural Communities By Rod Haeberle and Steve McLaughlin (The monetary numbers provided in this article are notional and introduced for the sole purpose of illustrating the unseen economic impact to a ranching family and the community. Actual numbers are protected to avoid retribution from activists) […]