Cattle producer says wolves cause breeding problems

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A troubling trend has occurred for ranchers in NE Washington, the Capital Press is reporting, as an area rancher said their cattle are experiencing breeding issues since the migration of wolves to the area.

According to the Diamond M Ranch’s Len McIrvin, the rate of female cows ranging for them that didn’t become pregnant has increased from five percent to about 20 percent. A cow must raise a calf every summer for the rancher to recoup costs, and while the Diamond M Ranch is big enough to absorb the loss of producing cattle by auctioning the cows that don’t become pregnant off in Hermiston, smaller ranchers may not be so lucky.<<<Read More>>>