Originally Posted by Russ Hatch
Washington State isn't the only one that has to worry. The greenies and the Feds want to re-establish the wolf in its previous range which is,( wait for it) just about the whole US of A. My home state does not have elk, just deer and live stock, lots of live stock.
I hear ya. I'm north east of you in west central Wisconsin. In our county alone, we have had 4 dogs killed (pets, not hunting dogs) and 2 more injured (1 pet, another a pointer) by wolves. The Wisconsin DNR has decimated the deer herd in most areas of the state leaving the wolves with less to eat. The elk herd that was re-established in northern Wisconsin has been hit hard by the packs. I may be mistaken, by I believe we were scheduled to have an elk hunt but the wolves halted their recovery, and in fact reversed it.
I know very few people in the area who have not seen wolves or been affected by them. A coworker lost one of his bear/coon hounds, pet, and "best friend" last year to wolves while running bears. The next week, another guy in his hunting group lost one of his also in the same area.
Take a look at the deer numbers (not the #'s the DNR puts out, but the #'s sportsman claim). Then take factor in the booming coyote, wolf, and bear population along with the occasional cougar. Eventually, wolves will turn to livestock and humans because there is not enough natural prey for them.
History repeats itself. There is a reason the pioneers tried to rid the land of them. Eventually, our government will figure out the same thing once enough livestock, pets, and humans have been attacked or killed.
Don't get me wrong, I am not against wolves, but I am against over population of them and no management programs!