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#7003154 - 12/19/17 04:49 PM The cost of wolves
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This article is ostensibly about the spread of jackals into Europe, but there's a section about wolves at the end that I found fascinating. I'll only point out that the economic cost of wolf reintroductions has been grossly underestimated by the "environmentalists". Remember when they put out that wolves mostly survived by eating mice?

Jackals Spread into France
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#7003482 - 12/19/17 09:03 PM Re: The cost of wolves [Re: syncerus]
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No eco terrorist bunny thumper ever under-estimated wolves.

In the US Yellowstone was a pure experiment on unglulate control. 17k elk to 4K in less then 10 years.
Lots of elk hunting tag allocation around the park closed or significantly cut.

They just had a two year study on frank churchís Wolf predation on elk burned and barred from being released to the public, because of what was going to be reveled.

This is about the stopping the NEED for hunting, and the SUSTAINABILITY.

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#7003497 - 12/19/17 09:12 PM Re: The cost of wolves [Re: syncerus]
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Bobo, you saying the eco terrorists were for reintroduction as a means to end the need for human animal control (hunting)?

Never thought of that before, but then again, haven't much thought much about wolves in the past either....

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#7003894 - 12/20/17 07:59 AM Re: The cost of wolves [Re: Texas buckeye]
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Originally Posted By: Texas buckeye
Bobo, you saying the eco terrorists were for reintroduction as a means to end the need for human animal control (hunting)?

Never thought of that before, but then again, haven't much thought much about wolves in the past either....


We were the predator at the top of the chain........not now where wolves are protected.
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#7009588 - 12/24/17 01:45 AM Re: The cost of wolves [Re: Texas buckeye]
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Originally Posted By: Texas buckeye
Bobo, you saying the eco terrorists were for reintroduction as a means to end the need for human animal control (hunting)?

Never thought of that before, but then again, haven't much thought much about wolves in the past either....


Bobo, please post links to the sources for your assertions. Thanks in advance.

My family has ranched cattle in Texas, NM, OK, KS, and Louisiana since the 1800ís, and Iíve seen more attacks by feral dogs than any other canines. Aside from the occasional calf or cow in distress, attacks by wolves & coyotes were relatively uncommon though slightly more common on fawns in areas with high deer density though not any more than other apex predators occupying the same habitats.

The significant populations of game animals in remote sections of N. America where hunting is rare to non existent, where other species of apex predators occupy the same niche and compete for the same resources to feed and survive, how would wolves affect the ecological balance in those environs in a detrimental, statistically significant manner thatís different? Research has shown they donít, much less than other apex or opportunistic predators, or accidents, famine or environmental and ecological factors such as drought, disease, fires, flooding, severe cold, etc.

Those that suspect that the reintrodtion of wolves is an agenda promulgated by those whoís real goal is a veiled attempt to erode the rights of hunters should voice their concern in a manner thatís constructive and meaningful. Opinions voiced as fact is nothing more than a waste of time as is espousing misinformation as fact. And stating that the reintroduction of wolves in their native habitat may result in the gradual loss of hunting rights is a stretch. It didní

The real threat to hunters is the lack of a concerted grass roots effort to stand unified in one common voice for our rights as naturalist, hunters, and responsible stewards of the land. And itís as much our right to enjoy a legally protected right thatís just as deeply ingrained in our culture as faith, family, and being American. I may not agree with someoneís lifestyle or religious beliefs but I served our countryís military and was willing to give my life to safeguard their right to live as they choose. And itís a shame this country has become polarized and intolerant. And the dissemination of inflammatory, sensationalist news and misinformation by news media, and social media is just a few of the reasons.

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#7009909 - 12/24/17 10:33 AM Re: The cost of wolves [Re: syncerus]
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I would expect noting less from a guy that wants pigeon hunting banned,

Suggesting that animal rights activists, havenít sued over the delisting and return to state managment is absurd. Please explain why animal right groups sued to have the frank church USFG study shredded? Infact please explain why tax payers footed the bill for having to defend millions in legal challages simply over delisting. The science was cut and dry.

Your ranch comment is irrelevant, NM cattle loss due to wolves is part of the Farm Bill. According to you NM didnít get mad because the feds hid cattle killing of a specific wolf because of its genetic diversity(oxymoron since there was in <15 left at one time). Thus resulting in NM suing over more wolf introductions. More then 210 cattle paid out deaths due to wolves in NM(wolves are only found in 4-5 counties). Again itís documented and part of the farm bill. Thatís the little Mexican wolf.Canadian wolf has a bigger appetite

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/...high-in-wyoming

Also did the introduction of wolves in Yellowstone (2million acres) not resulting in the elk population dropping from 17k+ to 4K?

Remote parts of N America where hunting is rare...wow, laughing my arse off is an understand statement. GreaterYellowstone eco system isnt that remote.


Again we can either manage unglutes via hunters and tags or via apex predators. If we want apex predators then they need to be managed to a point they donít significantly effect tags or hunter success.


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#7009983 - 12/24/17 11:34 AM Re: The cost of wolves [Re: syncerus]
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The devastating effects of excessive wolf predation on elk and moose in western WY, ID and other western states is well-documented. With science. (Even without science the results on the ground speak for themselves.) No one but the most ardent tree-hugger with an agenda would even argue the point.
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#7010638 - 12/24/17 09:49 PM Re: The cost of wolves [Re: BOBO the Clown]
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Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
No eco terrorist bunny thumper ever under-estimated wolves.

In the US Yellowstone was a pure experiment on unglulate control. 17k elk to 4K in less then 10 years.
Lots of elk hunting tag allocation around the park closed or significantly cut

My .02 and worth more than youíve got inthe bank......:)



They just had a two year study on frank churchís Wolf predation on because of what was going to be reveled.

This is about the stopping the NEED for hunting, and the SUSTAINABILITY.



This is analogous to an audience observing gladiatorial games determining that early man couldnít have possibly survived to the modern age due to the prevalence of large, meat eating predators. Modern, relational prey/predator statistical analytics between the two afore mentioned species in an environment that has little in common with their prior evolutionary habitat was is as relevant as my left nut performing a duet with Lady Gagaís pancreas. And the dribble that passes for a lot of environmental and biological science is destined to the trasheap of history.

Hearing nonsense in the guise of science makes me want to go get an old fashioned cupping or bled

I hear .a mercury enema and snifter of laudanum works wonders as well.

Science is a profession of guess until you get it right. Conjecture is idi-farking-odic.
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#7010697 - 12/24/17 11:20 PM Re: The cost of wolves [Re: syncerus]
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Modern manís intervention into the predator/prey continuum has (just as in thousands of other cases) rendered prior reliance on analysis that does not take our influence into account-meaningless.

In other words, our influence is no longer a blip on the scale - our thumb has been firmly placed upon it and will remain there. Ignoring that fact is to ignore reality.
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#7010753 - 12/25/17 02:26 AM Re: The cost of wolves [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
Modern manís intervention into the predator/prey continuum has (just as in thousands of other cases) rendered prior reliance on analysis that does not take our influence into account-meaningless.

In other words, our influence is no longer a blip on the scale - our thumb has been firmly placed upon it and will remain there. Ignoring that fact is to ignore reality.


Our influence is a definitely a factor. But As a specie, we tend to [censored] more often than blip.

Name one blip thatís improved the world we live in, that weíve improved and thatís made the Eartg a better place to live?
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#7010796 - 12/25/17 06:46 AM Re: The cost of wolves [Re: syncerus]
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Aerangis clearly hates humans.

Go up to lake hugo and camp at Ratton landing. Get to talking to the old man with Arizona plates that runs the park. He was an actual rancher in wolf country. Not past generations in places where there once was wolves. I'd bet your greats killed plenty of wolves.

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#7010829 - 12/25/17 07:27 AM Re: The cost of wolves [Re: syncerus]
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Ive more shot felines & canines than i care to remember. That affected our bottom line but having oprated cow/calf to a 7000 fre range in Texas, putting cattle on rural pasture with a healthy population of carnivores should be a candidate for an aggresive effort to thea matter of effectively mannaging rick. aranched to losses was one of the Wild, feral, if an atempt is made by any animal to prey on our calves,
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#7010852 - 12/25/17 07:50 AM Re: The cost of wolves [Re: syncerus]
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Coyotes kill far more calves and fawns than any domestic or feral dogs could ever dream of. A rancher supporting predator rights over livestock isn't much of a rancher.
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#7010891 - 12/25/17 08:31 AM Re: The cost of wolves [Re: syncerus]
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Great thing about feral dogs and coyotes is...... You can shoot them as they stalk your herd. Wolf better have a calf in his mouth.

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#7010894 - 12/25/17 08:35 AM Re: The cost of wolves [Re: syncerus]
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Wolves kill coyotes, but I kill everything. Man was wise to kill wolves. They killed and kill livestock and too much game and are dangerous. It's a mutated pesky coyote on roids. If it was in my yard I would not feel safe and it would be dead. I had a pet wolf. I hated it. It did not take a skoulding, just would run off. Would not listen to anything. Not a good idea. I got one for ya!! If it cant survive like the coyote and crow without man's help, let it die. That's man made evolution. I can promiss you the crow and yote aint goin anywhere and they have evolved to do so just like mankind.
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