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Researchers Oppose Killing Wolves

posted Jan 18, 2015, 2:33 PM by chloe owens

12/22/14, by Bob Brown

Researchers oppose killing wolves

Washington State University recently reported two of its researchers have found it was counter-productive to kill wolves to keep them from preying on livestock…for each wolf killed, the odds of more livestock depredations increase significantly.  The trend continues until 25% of the wolves in an area are killed.  Ranchers and wildlife managers then see a standing wave of livestock depredations.  Moreover, that rate of wolf mortality is unsustainable and cannot be carried out indefinitely if federal relisting of wolves is to be avoided.