Wolf encounters rare, but not unknown in Washington

*Staff Note* – In the first paragraph below, the author states that “occasionally wee and more often hear barking wolves.” Wolves don’t bark! If people are seeing canines bark or hearing them bark, they are hearing dogs or hybrid dogs, not wolves. Hybridization of wolves, dogs, coyotes, and all other combinations of canines feral or […]

Umatilla County OKs reimbursement for wolf costs

PENDLETON — Umatilla County Board of Commissioners approved paying the Cunningham Sheep Co. of Pendleton more than $20,000 to protect livestock from wolves. Cunningham Sheep in December sought $20,469 from the county’s wolf depredation compensation fund. County commissioners approved the expenditure at their meeting Wednesday. County documents show the money will compensate the company for […]

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) […]

Cattle producer says wolves cause breeding problems

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 […]

Wolves breed problems for Washington ranchers

Fewer cows have been breeding on the range since wolves migrated to northeast Washington, an economic loss little known outside the cattle industry, according to the owners of the region’s largest ranch. The Diamond M ranch estimates that the rate of “open cows” — females that didn’t become pregnant — has increased to about 20 […]

Bundestag committee debates wolves’ protected status in Germany

In the years since wolves returned to Germany, they’ve multiplied quickly — bringing headaches for farmers. MPs and experts agree that more should be done to protect livestock, but they’re split on the issue of hunting. In an effort to ease tensions between conservationists and livestock farmers, the German parliament’s Environment Committee debated the issue […]

Wolves attack calf on different pasture

A third Baker County rancher has had cattle attacked by wolves from the Pine Creek pack near Halfway. Biologists from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) confirmed that wolves attacked a calf belonging to Barry and Shella DelCurto of Halfway early Wednesday. Barry DelCurto said he found the six-week-old, 150-pound calf Wednesday morning […]