Wolf attacks give cows ‘PTSD-like’ symptoms, study finds

“Cows whose herd comes under attack by wolves remember the experience and show symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder, Oregon researchers say. That’s according to a study from Oregon State University and publicized Thursday. Reinaldo Cooke, an associate professor and animal scientist based in Burns, conducted the research, which appeared in the Journal of Animal Science […]

Wolf depredation on livestock creates cascade of costs, reactions

SPRINGERVILLE — An Apache County rancher has lost three calves and, as a result, two wolves have been removed from a wolf pack. The cascade of events following the confirmed depredations by the Diamond Pack, consisting of Mexican gray wolves, in Apache County in the days following the annual wolf population census, has begun. But […]

Howling mad: Wolf damage claims remain unpaid for some livestock…

The quiet foreshadowed a gruesome discovery. Part of his flock was dead, eviscerated by local gray wolves. Bellefy gathered the survivors in a another pen, but a second attack later that night left even more sheep dead. In all, six sheep survived the attack with 27 pregnant ewes, two rams and a few lambs being […]

$200,000 and counting: See what it cost to protect one Michigan farm from wolves

Much of the estimated $200,000-plus is in soft money – administrative time and field work – in addition to about 38,000 in direct cash for cattle-loss claims and other assistance.“The amount of effort (US. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services) has provided … is significant,” wrote Brian Roell, wildlife biologist for the Michigan Department of Natural […]

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 […]