Wolves to Be Trapped After Livestock Kill

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Bellevue, Idaho is an area of high depredation. Since the wolves have been in the area there are frequent reports of livestock kills. However since the delisting of the wolves, livestock kills are down. A pack of wolves killed one calf and seriously injured another one. Officials are now trapping in the area of the kill, to get the pack of at least three.

Across the state there have been 11 livestock attacks by wolves compared to 2009 when there were 47 by June. Officials believe livestock attacks may increase still in Bellevue with the increasing number of new calves. Some believe that delisting the wolf and allowing hunts to manage their population has helped return the fear of man, from Times News Magic-Valley.

“It appears as a result of the hunting season, wolves equated humans with potential danger,” Keckler said. “As a result, I think the wolves were less willing to be bold, and we hope that trend continues during and after our hunting season so that there continues to be fewer and fewer cases of depredation.”


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This article seems to confirm my feelings about wold trapping.

This article seems to confirm my feeling that any time that there is a human vs. game animal conflict that needs addressing hunting is the most sane, economical, and efficient solution to any need to reduce game animal populations.  I applaud the state of Idaho for opening the wolf pack to controlled hunting.  As the article said as hunting continues wolves will be more wary of human contact and by extension of that caution they should stay clear of livestock that is near a human presence and the end result will be  fewer and fewer cases of depredation by the wolves.  That is something that the farmers have got to approve of.  And a carefully managed (reduced but not eliminated) wolf population is good for other animal population  management.  Fewer predatory wolves will mean more deer, elk, and even moose etcetera (where they cross paths – whether in Idaho or elsewhere).  But a low number of predators will prey on the diseased and weak animals strengthening the over all herd of prey animals so long as the predator population is small enough not to adversely impact the herd animal population with a significant decline.  It is a delicate balance, but I don’t see a down side to well regulated wolf hunting and / or trapping.