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British Columbia Joins War on Wolves

British Columbia Joins War on Wolves
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The dark shape stood watching us. Outlined against the golden stubble of the hayfield, he was the largest dog we had ever seen. He shifted his attention to our sheep. Studying him through the binoculars, we realized we were watching a wolf. The wolf was watching dinner.

When the wolf crossed an invisible barrier, our two Akbash guardian dogs exploded into action. The male placed himself between the wolf and the flock. The female ran in barking pursuit. Although the female was much smaller than the wolf, the wild canine turned and trotted off. None of our cattle-ranching neighbors had guardian dogs. Their calves were easier prey than our protected sheep.

Wolves are an essential part of the ecosystem. A research collaboration among 22 scientific and educational institutions in six countries “shows how the decline in large predators affects everything from habitat loss to pollution, deforestation, carbon sequestration, climate, the spread of disease, and more.”

Reporting on the research on his Supermarket Guru site, Phil Lempert cites two other examples of the impact of the loss of predators at the top of the food chain: “One case details how industrial whaling may have shifted the diet of killer whales, leading to the dramatic decline of sea lions, seals and sea otters. Another details how the loss of lions in Africa has led to a population explosion in olive baboons, which bring intestinal parasites to humans living nearby.”

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11:35AM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

STOP KILLING!!! Why do some people think they have to murder everything they come in contact with?? There are some mean, hateful, loathsome people in this old world, and they are the ones who need to be culled, not the precious animals who have had their habitats, food chain, etc taken from them at the hands of these subhuman beings, who would just as soon kill their own mothers if they got in their way. They make me sick!!!!

7:40AM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:58PM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

We are MURDERING our planet, thus ourselves.

11:46PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

A TERRIBLE THING TO HAPPEN TO THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS.

11:46PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

A TERRIBLE THING TO HAPPEN TO THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS.

9:06PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

This just sickens me, senseless cruelty, the arrogance and sense of entitlement of these ranchers. They are so consumed with hate, greed and predjudice they can't see the forest for the trees. There is now enough scientific data proving this apex predator is an absuolute necessity in the ecosystem. Educated and intellignet ranchers/farmers implement knowledge gained through these studies and are successful with no kill deterrent measures.
Make no mistake livestock is a commodity and there is no compassion here either.

7:46AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

We as humans cause alot of grief in this world we are our worst enemy.If we keep building and destroying land these poor animals have nowhere to go.I am disabled and my family has to live on1200.dollars a month which is why i have to go hunting every year..I also share with other families in need if the animal is too big for us.I do not agree with senseless shooting of animals. Every animal plays a part in the eco system not to mention if we start killing all the animals it upsets the natural harmony of the entire system.Wolfs are very peaceful animals they are not like hollywood pro trays them .We do have to protect the cattle if you are a farmer but there are ways to do that without killing them .I see why many people get angry with guns and senseless killings of animals,these people are the ones that should be punished not the animal.Take care and have a grand day people think before you shoot.

5:17AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

senseless murder..stop encroaching upon wildlife habitats! Poor animals have nowhere to go :((

7:01AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

lol colleen, ranchers are obviously lazy and uneducated, otherwise they would understand the concept of ecology. No, not all of course, but the large majority. If one rancher can come up with non lethal solutions to the problem, why can,t the rest? Is that not ignorance and laziness?

1:59AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

, stop this war on wolves, stop killing then and blame then for everithing, they fear humans and avoid contact with humans, farmers and cattlers hate then because they eat their livestock, farmers and cattlers don't have any compassion for the wolves. wolves need to eat, is for survival, stop killing then' stop been greedy, this people think only in money, have compasion and let the wolves eat some livestock, stop thinking in money, they are beautiful animals, they deserve to live,stop the barbaric and cruel killing of volves, stop poisoning then, stop the hunters that kill the wolves for sport or for a throphy, hunters are barbaric,cruel, vile heartless people. very sad.

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