Wolf attacks on cattle and hunting dogs rise

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*Editor’s Note* – Before, during and after reading this news article, the WEI staff highly recommends that readers first look at and refer to a study about the DNA make-up of so-called gray wolves in the United States. Please follow this link and then click on the link to “Science Advances.”

The more serious problem facing wildlife managers is that due to poor wildlife management laws, including the Endangered Species Act, authorities are protecting a hybrid or admixture of canines – wolves, coyotes and domestic dogs. In addition, wildlife managers are attempting to understand and treat management decisions based on limited knowledge about “pure” wolves, when, in fact, what they are dealing with is a hybrid mixture, of different habits, including reproduction and closer associations with human-settled landscapes – a lethal combination.

With continued protection of these hybrid, wild, semi-wild canines, the problems will only exacerbate. 

“Nearly two years after the gray wolf was placed back on the federal list of endangered species, wolf attacks on Wisconsin livestock and hunting dogs are rising.

State Department of Natural Resources statistics show 58 confirmed or probable wolf “depredations” — deaths or injuries — of domesticated animals this year through Aug. 15, compared to an average of about 37 for that period in each of the previous three years.

The DNR attributes the increase to growth in the wolf population, which this winter was estimated at nearly 900, its highest level since before the 1960s when the species was all but extinguished by hunters.”<<<Read More>>>