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:
Wolves attack guard dog, kill goat north of Helena
Wolves kill livestock, guard dog:
Wolf kills guard dog in Utah:
18 pet dogs killed by wolves in Wisconsin: