are responsible for less than two tenths of a percent (.2) of cattle depredations. Wild and domestic ungulates (deer, elk, moose, sheep, goats, swine, etc.) are the normal intermediate hosts, carrying a cyst form in their organs. The Rocky Mountains were once part of a continuous range for wolves from Canada down to Mexico. And an average of two hunting fatalities occur each year in the state of Oregon alone ( see odfw fatalities report ). Martorello couldnt say for certain if the photo in our link was altered or not, but he said the Internet photos hed tracked to the source were either doctored or misrepresented, so I would urge caution with putting too much credibility on Internet photos. These few losses have minimal effect on the livestock industry. Of Fish and Wildlife Hunting Incidents, and International Hunter Education Association reports. Wolves have been demonized and misunderstood for much of history. I also asked the department if it could identify a paw print I photographed July 4, 2012, atop a ridge south of Cle Elum.
Far more humans have been killed by bee stings, accidental shootings during hunting season, and domestic dogs than by wolves or other wild predators, and many more people die from road accidents with elk, deer and cattle than from all wildlife attacks combined. It is therefore no surprise that state wildlife management decisions are based on political special interests, as opposed to science. Source: The Perverse Logic of Wolf Hunts. This chaos can trigger a prey response in predators that can result in multiple kills. Wolves are usually long gone before people realized theyve chanced upon a kill. I grew up in east Bellevue, a kid from the suburbs! In Montana, elk populations have increased by approximately 60 percent since wolf reintroduction. . Myth: Wolves kill lots of cattle, lead to lower birth rates, and are causing cattle ranchers to go out of business. Source: The National Park Service. I wondered the same thing. Something entirely different (and unnatural) happens when predators pursue domestic sheep. Ranching and hunting interests historically dominate state commissions and legislatures, so the playing field is not level. .
Although wolves and dogs share a common ancestor and many characteristics, they are classified as different. Today s myths about wolves have become so common that they ve become accep ted as fact in parts of the West, and have been spread by anti-wolf blogs and.