May 27, 2019

Chronic Stress in Cows Linked to Wolf Attacks

“Since their reintroduction into Yellowstone National Park, gray wolves have migrated to western states (including agricultural lands in Idaho and Oregon) and hunted in livestock grazing areas.

Producers reported losing animals to wolf-related injury and death. And, on top of that, they said cows that witnessed wolf attacks exhibited nervous, aggressive and excitable behavior toward humans and dogs. Producers said these cows also had lower pregnancy rates, were more sickly, and their calves weighed less.

Cooke hypothesized that these reported responses can be associated with the stress that cows experienced when they graze lands where wolves are present. He added that merely sensing (seeing, smelling or hearing) a predator can elicit these stress responses. And multiple studies by Cooke and other researchers had already established a link between cow stress and decreases in their productivity and welfare.”<<<Read More>>>

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Long Range Tactical hunters join State and Federal officials in hunt for killer wolf in Sun Valley, Idaho

Idaho For Wildlife has been assisting with the coordination efforts to locate a few highly trained, long-range tactical hunters in hopes they can hunt down and destroy a colt killing wolf in Sun Valley, Idaho. This wolf killed a valuable colt of Kevin and Jennifer Swigert on 2-13-2014. Then ten days later on Sunday 2-23-2014 at 1:45 PM, this same aggressive wolf attacked two of the Swigert dogs in broad daylight within 300 yards of the Swigert’s while they were feeding their dogs.

Due to the extremely aggressive behavior of this particular wolf, concerned citizens both locally and nationally have come forward wanting to help the Swigerts any way they can. Some have pledged undisclosed amounts of donations to help incentivize hunters in hopes of eliminating this dangerous wolf before it attacks and kills again. One local lady left a $100.00 bill on the windshield of a hunter who has been vigilantly hunting every day. Some want to help with Vet bills.

The Swigert’s have dealt with hundreds of wolves in the past 15 years but have never seen a wolf more brazen and unafraid of man. The Swigert’s have witnessed the wolves drastically reduce the number of elk and deer near their home since wolf re-introduction. They believe that with the wolves eliminating much of the prey base this is contributing to the desperate and aggressive behaviour of the wolves.

USDA Wildlife Services if attempting to locate and destroy the wolf from a plane. The challenge in this country is that the wolves have become educated to what these planes represent. They are able to hear these planes from a great distance and they take cover making them very difficult to hunt from the air.<<<Read More>>>

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Wolves Continue Attacks in Spain

Wolves kill again in the town of Riofrio

The livestock of the affected farm found the body of a calf on Tuesday morning, in the area known as Cuartel de Santa Maria, near the road from Avila to Navalmoral de la Sierra.<<<More Google Translated>>>

“Havoc” in Santa Cruz de Pinares

The incident occurred on Sunday, two days after a farmer of the same township alzase voice for having suffered three attacks on their sheep in a week.<<<More Google Translated>>>

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R.I.P. Buck – Wolves Kill Retired Ranch Horse

By Heather Smith Thomas

An eastern Idaho ranch family was devastated in late summer this year when they discovered one of their favorite horses had been killed by a pack of wolves. “He was one of our top horses for many years, but he was getting older and we’d put him out for full retirement,” says Sydney Dowton (Ellis, Idaho). “We took him to a pasture on our upper place and he’d been doing really well. We saw him a few days earlier and he was fat as a seal and doing fine.”

After discovering the carcass, they called Eric Simonson (federal trapper). He came out to the ranch to examine the carcass and confirmed it was a wolf kill. “We don’t know if maybe the fires caused the wolves to move closer to us. We are right over the hill from that big fire that burned a lot of the region around Ketchum and Challis.”

His wife Karen was taking it hard. “She went back up there and took photos, and was pretty upset at what the wolves did to that horse,” says Sydney.<<<Read More>>>

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Book Review: Wolfer – a Memoir

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Wolfer – A Memoir
By Carter Niemeyer
Published by BottleFly Press
Copyright 2010 by Carter Niemeyer
ISBN-13 978-0-984-8113-0-4
ISBN-10 0984811303
Second Paperback Edition

For trappers, hunters, outdoor enthusiasts, animal lovers and anyone with any interest in the process of gray wolf introduction in the Yellowstone National Park and Central Idaho, I believe this book is a must read. I enjoyed it immensely and gained a different perspective about the author.

To be completely transparent about this book review, I have never met Mr. Niemeyer, the author, nor have I ever communicated with him, at least that I am aware of. I believe once I received an email from his wife suggesting I read this book. That was some time ago and it has taken me a couple of years to get around to reading it, mostly because of the recommendation of a friend.

When I first began reading the book, which sets the stage of a young boy growing up in rural Iowa, it didn’t take long to see that there were many similarities between Carter Niemeyer’s upbringing and young past in rural Iowa and mine in rural Maine, including the early deaths of our fathers.

Carter falls in love with trapping. It begins at an early age and his love for and knowledge of trapping grows with each turn of the page. His circumstances while growing up caused Carter to use trapping, the killing of animals, to pay his way in life. He never seemed to take much issue with killing most any animal for their resource, with the exception of the wild canines, excluding foxes.

In the book, I read where in his teen years, I believe it was, that Niemeyer shows his first unexplained affection toward coyotes and even displays hesitation in having to kill one; something that never is shown throughout the book, with the exception of the wild wolves.

After losing his father, Carter Niemeyer comes in contact with people who encourage him to go to college and through it all is presented with opportunities to work outdoors and especially take advantage of his trapping abilities, most of which he learned from people he grew up around.

Much of the author’s story of his trapping life isn’t all that much unlike many diehard trappers. Those around him, in this case his wife and children, have to put up with the long hours, hard work and rancid smells that get embedded into just about everything a trapper comes in contact with.

Eventually Niemeyer takes a job with the Federal Government in Montana and works for animal damage control (now Wildlife Services) through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. There he trapped and mostly killed predators that were killing and harassing privately owned livestock.

Things seem to change and Carter Niemeyer begins to morph into either someone different or into the man he really was inside, when he becomes involved in the Federal Government’s gray wolf introduction program. He teams up with Ed Bangs and the two of them travel into Canada, trap gray wolves, then release them in Yellowstone and central Idaho.

Carter Niemeyer comes across as a ballsy, stubborn and often arrogant man. From the book I gathered he was not afraid to stand up to anyone. A large chip grows and sticks firmly onto his shoulder. At times he doesn’t seem to understand that he is a turncoat; a man who willingly, nay, eagerly killed any animal threatening ranchers’ livestock, including the handful of wolves naturally re-habituating northwestern Montana, to one now bringing the most savage of predators, the gray wolf, into the lands surrounding some of the best ranching lands in the nation.

Niemeyer’s attitude toward these ranchers changes and throughout this book we find little good he has to say about any of them. His attitude becomes that of an elitist, self-taught authority on trapping and wolves. Pity the man who dared to stand up to him. He develops enemies.

The book is mostly well written and interesting enough to keep a reader’s attention. It’s a fascinating revelation of how one man can be transformed into a completely different person because of an animal.

From what I gleaned from the book, Carter Niemeyer, a good man, a great trapper, loses his way and forgets his past. His enthusiasm and learned dedication to whatever he attempts, makes him a prime target for being taken advantage of because of his skills as a trapper. But he prevails, always determined.

Pick up a copy, as I’m sure you will enjoy it. I hesitated because, to be honest, I’m tiring of the same old wolf wars and there’s little new that can be added to the debate. However, information I found in this book helps to show that the actual event of going to Canada to trap wolves and bring them back to the U.S. was extremely poorly planned and wrought with problems. I think, had it not been for Niemeyer’s determination for accomplishment, the wolf introduction may never have taken place. We can either thank him or blame him.

Out of five stars, I would give this book 4 stars.

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How Do Wolves Affect You?

upsidebackwardsFor me a key statement made in this movie pretty much tells the story. A man says, and I’m paraphrasing, that our laws in this country provide for a person to use whatever means they think necessary to protect themselves, their family and their property from human predators but they are left helpless through Government protection of an animal.

How and why did we ever get to this point?

Wallowa County Wolves from OregonWolfEducation.Org on Vimeo.

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Michigan Declares Farmed Pigs “Invasive Species”. Man Forced to Shoot All His Pigs

In a story one might expect to read in Nazi Germany or Stalin-ruled Russia, a Michigan farmer who raises pigs for a living, was forced to either shoot all his pigs or be arrested. While the Michigan Department of Natural Resources used “a bizarre new “Invasive Species Order” (ISO) that has suddenly declared traditional livestock to be an invasive species.”, lied to a judge to get a search warrant and even after being told by the pig owner he had killed all his pigs, invaded his property anyway. And this is America?

Coming to the city or town you live in soon. Keep burying your head and denying it’s existence. Prop up your government and soon they will be coming for you.

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