|Ref Wolf danger new to southern Wyoming ranchers(, same old thing in Idaho)
Mik Carlson of Riggins Idaho stood up at a public meeting 1/10/03 in Kooskia,Idaho and testified to an audience of 400 that in '02 he lost 125 sheep and in '03 he lost 747 sheep and has been compensated for a total of 51 out of 862 losses. His was one of dozens of stories. Note the exponential jump in depredation numbers from one year to the next.If there was any wildlife left would the numbers jump like this? This is about social justice.As wolf populations expand their numbers by 34% per year they will expand their range.Depredation problems will cross state lines as wolves expand their range. No one spoke up for social justice in Germany in the 1920s and '30s. No one spoke up for social justice in Saddams' Iraq. The Director of Idaho Fish and Game area 4 tells us that there are 1,000 wolves in Central Idaho alone."Downlisting" will do absolutely nothing except give politicians political cover and appease green extremists.What is wrong with thaking them on in court right now rather than wait another year or two? Mick Carlsons story will multiply as wolf population multiply; that is the goal and intent of the green extremists. Will anyone call for social justice as our fellow Americans are intentionaly targeted in a premeditated plan to destroy them using wolves as a biological weapon? Are there any statesmen left in 21st century America or do we only have politicians? Respectfully, Robert T. Fanning, Jr. Chairman & Founder "Friends of the Northern Yellowstone Elk Herd, Inc. P.O.Box 142 Pray, Montana,59065 (3,742) members ----- Original Message ----- From: Rachel Thomas To: a AGRICULTURE Sent: Monday, January 12, 2004 7:01 AM Subject: Wolf danger new to southern Wyoming ranchers
Wolf danger new to southern Wyoming ranchers
RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) - Lifelong rancher Charlie Jaure has seen cattle lose parts of their tails to the cold on occasion.
He'd never seen them bitten off by wolves.
That is, until shortly after Christmas, when Jaure lost two of his cattle to wolves north of Wamsutter. Another two were hurt badly and up to a dozen lost their tails, he said.
''I thought maybe they froze their tails,'' Jaure said. ''I got to looking, and it was all at the top of the tail.''
His wife, Kathleen, said the bones were left crushed and mangled.
''We're messing with a new predator,'' she said. ''We haven't seen the damage from wolves here in a hundred years.''
The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the wolf attack last week, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has authorized the killing of the two wolves involved.
Mike Jimenez of the Fish and Wildlife Service in Lander said the wolves were likely young males searching for new territory. They may settle into the area, but Jimenez didn't believe a pack had relocated.
Rod Merrill with the USDAs's Wildlife Services speculated the wolves were the same as those seen between Baggs and Creston Junction.
''If those sightings are correct - and I have no reason to believe that they are not - there's probably a pretty good chance that they are relatively settled and somewhere between the Colorado border and Crooks Mountain (south of Jeffrey City),'' he said.
The attacks have made life difficult for the Jaures, who were trying to bring in portions of their spooked herd for the calving season.
''They've been chased. These heifers are usually pretty gentle,'' Kathleen Jaure said. Now, ''they're really nervous.''
Merrill said that's typical of a wolf attack.
''Generally speaking, all of the cattle turn wild,'' he said. ''They will jump fences. They don't like to be handled.''
Charlie Jaure hauled one of the wounded cattle, a tailless calf weighing between 400 and 500 pounds, into his barn west of Rawlins last week, though didn't expect the calf to make it.
''I'm giving him antibiotics right now,'' he said. ''I don't think they'll ever come out of it.''
The Jaures said they may find other dead cattle when the snow melts, but stressed the attack won't keep them from their livelihood.
''That's the only place we've got to put our cattle,'' Charlie Jaure said. ''We'll take care of them the best we can. Winter's so tough on them right now.''
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