Wolves continue to plague livestock owners

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 22, 2012 - 7:28 AM

The wolves that are taken in the approaching hunt won't be the only ones removed from the population in Minnesota this year. They are commonly killed after it's determined they attacked farm animals.

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bemmelOct. 20, 12 8:44 PM

Waaah! Waaah! Waaah! Call the waaahmbulance! I don't know what these guys are crying about. The state compensates them for animal predation. Nobody wants to pay me when the bunnies eat my flowers. Isle may not be way up north but it is clearly in traditional wolf country, which means that if you try to raise livestock in wolf country you can be prepared to lose a few. On top of that, most of the people raising livestock in that area are hobby farming and aren't at risk of not feeding their families. They work in town and the farm is a tax write-off.

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bosshogOct. 20, 12 9:44 PM

There was also no PROOF that the wolf actually killed the cow.. only circumstantial evidence. They are smart. If something else killed it they would investigate and kick whatever else might have killed it out. I have had problems with domestic dogs from other farms attack and kill animals and zero problems with wolves even though I have seen wolves on my property.

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snowshoehareOct. 20, 12 9:45 PM

Delisting the wolves and opening them up to a hunt for a "hunt's sake" is not solving the few complaints concerning livestock. Money should be put towards effective means of protecting farmers via dogs, fencing, etc.... This was a very horrible decision made politically for the benefit of a few with guns. I think that the people responsible should have their jobs put on the line.

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blueskydayOct. 20, 1210:11 PM

Seriously? What responsibility do livestock owners have here? Why are we asked to subsidize the cost of them doing business? What is the tolerance of Minnesotans for underwriting the risks of a private business, and sacrificing our wolves and wildlife to their needs? I personally do not accept the fact that taxpayers are asked to subsidize their private enterprise and mitigate their risk. Raising cattle has many risks, and wolves are truly just one very small percent. Sorry -no sympathy for the cattlemen. This hunt is WRONG and it stinks to high heaven.

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lloyd55423Oct. 20, 1211:36 PM

I don't know if anyone has noticed, but we're going through some pretty tough economic times right now. If our central farmlands are riddled with wolves, how is Minnesota going to be able to attract farmers versus the other non-wolf states? We used to be called "the breadbasket of America," but if the wolf population continues to grow unabated, Minnesota will be known as the home of abandoned farms that are populated more by wolves than by income-producing, economy-stimulating livestock.

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bookagentOct. 21, 1212:03 AM

To coin a phrase, "Some of my best friends are hunters," and most are opposed to this hunt for sound moral, logical and ecological reasons. Responsible hunters think; irresponsible hunters do not. Period. Those who hunt a recently delisted species under a purported "emergency" declared by a corrupt legislature, aren't practicing the most noble attributes of this age-old pursuit. It's not the sort of "sport" on which I'd build a father-son tradition. That's for sure. One cannot read this story without feeling distress for the livestock-owner. Still, I would feel it about any individual, in any business in which a proprietor has invested life savings, given today's economic maelstrom caused, again, by politicians and their sponsors. As most of us SHOULD know, the state provides ready compensation to depredation endured by owners such as the that profiled here. I didn't receive it when my business faltered. So while I feel regret this individual's loss, I won't lose sleep over it. If you raise cattle, you risk certain levels of predation. In this case, I'm not convinced that wolves were necessarily his culprits. There is insufficient proof. What I know -- beyond a shadow of a doubt -- is that you don't roll the dice on species endurance because self-serving men in suits decree it should be so. You don't kill and maim social animals because depredation of livestock in certain regions of the country has ticked-up during a time of climate change -- and the decline of certain prey species. What are the wolves supposed to eat? Chips? Out of respect for responsible hunters and exhaustively trained counsel and scientists -- stop publishing these snapshot articles without qualification. An investor and fellow human being has sustained a loss. That's unfortunate and worth investigating-- But it does not justify, in any way, the horrible comments I've read from readers about those whose opinions differ from their own. And -- it does not condone reducing a species to extirpation after centuries of exploitation.

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lrolf23Oct. 21, 12 1:32 AM

Why are cattle being pastured on public land in Northern Minnesota? Governor Dayton signed both the Wolf Hunt bill and the bill allowing private use of public land on the same say. Coincidence? I think not. Getting rid of our recently endangered wolves so that our public land could be invaded by special interests like the cattle and mining industry has been the unstated goal all along. Our MN senators, governor, legislature and DNR are all complicit (in varying degrees)in this takeover plot. Please help protect the wolves who are just being scapegoated by our(allegedly) public servants.

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bs1fromevOct. 21, 12 2:20 AM

The wolf hunting season is a good thing. Wolves are stinking disease carrying, parasite riddled animals. Wolves travel in a large area so they can potentially spread fatal illnesses to people, pets and livestock. Viral diseases carried by wolves include rabies, canine distemper, canine parvovirus, infectious canine hepatitis, papillomatosis, and canine coronavirus. Bacterial diseases carried by wolves include brucellosis, Lyme disease, leptospirosis, tularemia, bovine tuberculosis, listeriosis, anthrax and foot and mouth disease. There have been recorded cases of wolves carrying at least fifty or more species of Parasites. Wolves carry both ectoparasites and endoparasites (external and internal parasites). Endoparasites known to infect wolves include protozoans and helminthes. The helminthes include at least 24 species of nematodes (roundworms), 21 species of cestodes (tapeworms), nine species of trematodes (flukes), heartworms, and three species of acanthocephalia (spiny-headed worms). The Protozoan species: Isospora, Toxoplasma, Sarcocystis, Babesia, Giardia and Neospora caninum. The ectoparasites that infest wolves are fleas, ticks, lice and mites. Help protect people, pets and livestock from these disease and parasite carrying animals; Support the wolf hunt. The animals the wolves’ prey upon also have a right to live. Each wolf tag filled will save many small and large animals from a gruesome death. The smaller animal are the lucky ones they usually die a quick death. The wolf mostly kills small animals by ripping out or crushing their throat. The wolf’s powerful bite severs arteries and nerves. The larger animals like deer, moose, and cattle are subject to a more cruel death. The animals are chased down from behind, usually by several wolves biting and tearing at their hind quarters and soft under bellies. The larger animals are subjected to a vicious and cruel death. They die a slow, bloody and painful death. It is a horrific way for these animals to die having their throat and entrails ripped apart while still living. It is estimated that a mature wolf can kill up to twenty deer a year. They will kill black bear cubs and even kill larger black bears in their den while hibernating. So with each wolf tagged a hunter will save many animals from a horrific, cruel and painful death. It truly is sad that the anti-wolf hunt crowd wants to see so many animals killed in such a cruel manner.

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bs1fromevOct. 21, 12 3:04 AM

“Traditional wolf country” I keep seeing comments telling people not to farm in wolf country. Traditionally or historically wolf country was all of North America. People whining about farmers in traditional wolf country need to lead by example. Tear your house and place of business down. Then return it to natural habitat for the wolves. People whining about the wolf hunt should put their money where their mouth is. Start buying up farms and other property then start a wolf preserve.

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mchristiOct. 21, 12 4:41 AM

The occasional of livestock to a wolf or other predator may be understandably problematic for the farmer, but I'm not sure why it justifies killing a wolf in the area. Nor am I sure why it justifies public payment for the loss. Farmers should either take the animal loss as an expense/write-off on taxes or make claims against insurance for which they pay premiums (be it private, public, or a mixed system). If our farmers are only loosing 90 to 100 cattle, the loss is a very small percentage of livestock animals in this state.

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