But director Mitch Friedman told NBC station KING 5 that rancher Bill McIrvine, who lost part of his herd to the pack, "has total responsibility for the problem" for not being as cooperative as other ranchers with programs aimed at keeping cattle and wolves apart. The wildlife department, for its part, "has not been as firm as it needed to be," Friedman added, especially since McIrvine's cattle graze on public land. McIrvine, for his part, earlier told KING 5 that he believes groups with "a radical environmental agenda" are conspiring to introduce gray wolves in order "to take our (grazing) lease from us."
"We have the right to protect our property," McIrvine said, adding that he considered the wildlife department "a rogue government agency" that was essentially saying "we got to sit back and do nothing while the wolves kill our livestock."
Sitting here there is clearly conflict, and it seems that one guy with a chip on his shoulder did not want to take precautions while others were successful. The article also goes on to say that he's on leased land - assuming it is state or federal. So he gets to graze his cattle on public land at a fraction of the going rate and he's bitching because of predation??? A friend and business partner of mine has a large ranch in Idaho, and admits to being attached to the federal tit and loving it (another has a ranch in E WA that has a perimeter of 115 miles and makes far more off of letting it sit in CRP than ranching / farming on it - but he owns it outright). I just don't get rancher welfare and the sense that they can do what they want on public lands to the exclusion of others.
They have been using professional hunters for over two weeks and have no success. These are smart creatures. None of the open seasons on wolves have had the kill success that was expected. We just need to have there be an open regulated season on wolves.
Wolves need a predator (man) just like the rest of the system.
Wolves are opportunistic feeders, put your stock on thousands of acres of government land and it is just a buffet line for wolves.
I think I may get in the cattle business, put some animals on BLM land in wolf country pay a pittance for the grazing rights and let the wolves kill them then collect twice what the criiter was worth.
No effort good profit.
Subsidizing anything, even airplane manufacturing, is bullshit. Free marked my ass, it's all a game played by the idiots voted into office...and they are subsidized by those manipulating the market. Bless the poor bastard trying to make it on his own these days...
Thank you martyg. My son sent my wife this article which made all of us quite sick. Can't believe this guy couldn't hire a night rider to patrol the herd. What might the price tag on "Professional Hunters" be as opposed to some preventative responsibility?
we do not need wolves!! WE DID FINE WITHOUT THEM FOR A LONG TIME AND THEY WILL ONLY CAUSE PROBLEMS. IT WILL BE OKAY TILL THEY EAT SOME KID THEN SHIT WILL HAPPEN. I HATE TO SEE IT BUT IT WILL HAPPEN, MARK MY WORDS. MIKE W