Ranchers Cheer Removal Of Gray Wolf Protection

Ranchers in five Western states are very happy with the government’s decision to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list because it will make it easier for them to hunt the animals, which they claim kill their livestock.

According to the Associated Press, earlier this month the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lifted federal protection for more than 1,300 wolves in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Utah. 

The animals had been protected by the Endangered Species Act, but when a federal budget bill was introduced in Congress, senators from Montana ran a sneaky maneuver and added language to the bill to “delist” the wolves in the five states. 

The legislation passed and transferred responsibility of the wolves to the Fish and Wildlife Service which sits on the side of the ranchers.  

The ranchers claim the gray wolves take a “steady toll” on their cattle and sheep.  Tex Marchessault, a cattle rancher near Dillon Montana told AP, “Let the public know what kind of killers we’re faced with.  They’re killers and that’s the way it is.”

The ranchers are upset with the government for reintroducing the wolves to their grazing land after they had been gone for 25 to 30 years.  The wolves were hunted to near extinction and then built-up to sustainable levels by the government who then released them back to their native homeland. 

The problem is that while the wolves were away, ranchers expanded their use of the land and left little room for the animals to roam and hunt when they returned.   When the wolves saw the cattle and sheep roaming in the area, they acted in a natural manner and became predators of the livestock.

While the ranchers in the Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Utah complain about the large wolf dilemma, there are actually more wolves in other parts of the country like Minnesota.  The cattlemen in this region appear to have less interaction with the wolves because their livestock are fenced.

The government showed the ranchers in the five Western states statistics of how guard animals and fencing could protect their livestock, but they continue to allow their animals to graze freely; putting their cattle and sheep in danger. 
Collette Adkins Giese attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity said that wolves kill a relatively small number of livestock and that most deaths are caused by illness or weather conditions.  But ranchers in the Western states are not convinced and use anecdotal stories to show the predatory nature of the wolves.

To make matters worse, the Fish and Wildlife Service plans to take the gray wolves off the endangered list in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. There are an estimated 4,200 wolves in these three states. 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn said, “It’s time to get them off the list.  That’s how the Endangered Species Act was set up.”

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Rosemary Lowe

As the article states, ranchers say the "wolves are killers." I live in the Southwest, and no wild animals are safe from the Livestock Industry. This industry, from its very beginnings, has been the "Real Killer," since the late 1800's and the killing continues, every minute of every day.
We have tried to re-introduce the near extinct Mexican Wolf into the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico, but many of the wolves have been shot and trapped, at taxpayer expense, for the environmentally destructive Livestock Industry. They want no wolves, coyotes, prairiedogs, bears, foxes or any other kind of native animals on the public lands, upon which they are grazing--at below-market rates.
Ofcourse, they decimate the private lands (which they stole first from Native Americans, and later, farmers (range wars), as well. But, our public lands are the last refuge for our native animals, especially in a time when Climate Change, with increased temperatures, droughts, fires, has already arrived. Where can wildlife go, if livestock is destroying native grasses, polluting streams/rivers, denuding soils, on our last wild places? If we want to save wildlife, we must rid the public lands of the Livestock Industry. We must demand that ALL PUBLIC LANDS GRAZING STOP NOW, by telling government agencies like The Forest Service to Stop Issuing Any Grazing Permits. Will people take the initiative and start this campaign? By the way, Senator Tester in Montana, a re-elected Democrat is one of the worst prop

colleen p.
colleen p7 years ago

http://zoruaofepic.deviantart.com/art/WULFZ-R-HARMLESS-284024401 proof wolves save human lives. i wonder who is blotted out in red sop we can interview them.

Janine H.
Janine H7 years ago

This is a very sad story. Other animals and plants have to go only because "we" humans do not want to share the world with other life forms, these life forms "we" would not eat (vegetarian food is not a bad idea, or eating with conscience as the so called primitive cultures did and still do, if they still exist. No meat/fish every day). "We" destroy everything around us and "we" forget, that everything is important to survive, too.

As little child i thought that rain is when God and the angels cry - because "we" humans have forgotten that we need this "intelligence", someone who could help... if "we" hadn't turned away for many centuries ago...

"Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten." (Native American proverb)

"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers." (Martin Luther King)

Ida Nieves
Maria N8 years ago

This under the table legislation is exactly what has caused endless animals to suffer at the hands of the merciless special interest groups that have these politicians in their pockets, I only wonder how sweet was the deal for all those involved.

Caitlin C.
Caitlin C8 years ago

Just leave them alone! If you're going to not fence your animals then don't kill wolves when they eat them.

Alessandra C.

There other other ways to keep wolves away from cattle or anyway ranchers could be refunded for the livestock they lose!

KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B8 years ago


Arthur Killings
Arthur Killings8 years ago

Sad that the wolves are dying out. SHAME ON THE HUMAN RACE !!!!

Steve Yakoban
Steve Yakoban8 years ago

You people are a big part of the wolf problem. You elect one loser congressperson after another and let them sell out America in endless ways, like "leasing" our PUBLIC lands to private interests. The beef industry is legal - that's not the issue, but let them have it on their own property not ours. Otherwise, let chemical, petro, steel, etc. companies lease those lands and dump chemicals there.

The only real solution is to hold elected officials accountable for the sellout of America. Ranchers have powerful lobbyists. Until the rights of the citizens are defended and stood up for by the citizens, they will have their way with us and unfortunately animals like wolves will continue to suffer for our weakness.

Public lands for the public.

Bruce S.
Bruce S8 years ago

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn said, "It's time to get them off the list. That's how the Endangered Species Act was set up."

She's an idiot. She should rent a helicopter with Sarah Palin.