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Wolves in the Idaho Panhandle

Good points bitmasher.

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I would put forth its not the cost but more of who has to pay and why?
While I can see paying a rancher for loose of income from damages on his own property I cannot see that cost being available on public lands.
The cost of grazing on public land is beyond cheep with very little to no compensation going back to the public for damages done. Also aside from sheep there is very little to no control or overseeing done to cattle that are free grazing public land.
There for predator loses are part of doing business on public lands and IMO the benefits of grazing on public land would still far exceed the losses.
The facts are that nothing is for free, everything has a cost.

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Yeah, what are all these sheep and cattle doing in our national `natural' forests anyway? ... denuding it of all deer browse and elk grass ... leaving bare earth vulnerable for erosion? Non-wildlife - enter at your own peril - there's wild creatures in there!!! That's worth a new forum topic ... `Cattle in the Panhandle' ... or something of the sorts.

For all the yelping I've done about wolves ... I wouldn't mind seeing one now and then - in balance, in moderation - in the heart of the wilderness. I would mind, however, five zillion miles from town, running into a cow.

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captchee wrote:
IMO the benefits of grazing on public land would still far exceed the losses.
The facts are that nothing is for free, everything has a cost.

I couldn't agree more.

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Serious Hunter wrote:
For all the yelping I've done about wolves ... I wouldn't mind seeing one now and then - in balance, in moderation - in the heart of the wilderness. I would mind, however, five zillion miles from town, running into a cow.

Ditto that one too.

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