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 […]

Wolves Continue Killing Cattle In Northwest Minnesota

Washington Wolf Killed After Judge Approves Lethal Action

A wolf in Washington has been killed following multiple cattle deaths and a lawsuit that resulted in a judge blocking and then approving lethal removal. Wildlife officials with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed that a GPS collared male member of the Togo wolf pack was killed after preying on livestock. The wolf […]

134 sheep killed by wolves; farmers demand money for electric fences

Sheep farmers are reporting a marked increase in the number of sheep killed by wolves and demand more compensation and preventive measures from the government, the Volkskrant reported on Friday. So far this year, farmers have claimed compensation for 134 sheep which were proved to have been killed by wolves. Last year, there were just […]

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) […]