The limitations of non-lethal methods

 

As the wolf situation heats up again in Eastern Washington, there are again accusations that our ranchers do not use non-lethal methods to deter wolves. Along with this not being true, the argument fails to recognize the limitations of non-lethals promoted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife or conservation groups.

The evidence from other states regarding non-lethals is plentiful. We will be sharing those details over the next few weeks. To start, here are a few articles about guard dogs, or dogs in general, and their interactions with wolves:

Guard dogs protecting livestock killed by wolves:

http://www.lifewithwolves.org/home/?p=12001

Wolves attack guard dog, kill goat north of Helena

http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/wolves-attack-guard-dog-kill-goat-north-of-helenaposted-on/article_8a02cd44-b454-5073-a52f-8dc8e1b5271f.html

Wolves kill livestock, guard dog:

http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/wolves-kill-livestock-guard-dog-in-southwestern-montanaposted-on-oct/article_2816280b-ef11-587d-9da3-44924feaf636.html

Wolf kills guard dog in Utah:

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=11858806

18 pet dogs killed by wolves in Wisconsin:

http://www.ammoland.com/2010/08/18-pet-dogs-killed-by-wolves/#axzz2ZWa9ytbI

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