January 28, 2023

Wolves filling up on cattle in southwestern Alberta

Boyce and his research team tracked wolves and their diets over several years using GPS tracking. When packs were clustered in an area for several hours, field researchers would go to the site afterwards to see what the wolves had been feeding on and to collect scat for analysis.

The 45 per cent figure applies to cattle killed by wolves and does not include anything from boneyards (which was classed as scavenging). Deer, elk, and small prey animals (such as bobcat or beaver) ranked behind cattle as prey during the grazing season.

During the non-grazing season, cattle slip to the third most important prey after deer and elk, Boyce said during a recent Beef Cattle Research Centre webinar.

Source: Wolves filling up on cattle in southwestern Alberta


Northern Alberta, Canada Wolf Hunt


Alberta Will Kill Wolves That Are Killing Livestock

“A pack of wolves roaming Elk Island National Park and a neighbouring provincial recreation area has grown in the past few years, and concerned farmers believe the wolves killed several grazing cattle this summer.

Dan Brown, president of the Blackfoot Grazing Association, said 29 calves, yearlings and cows have either been killed or have gone missing from pasture in the Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Grazing, Wildlife and Provincial Recreation Area, about 50 kilometres east of Edmonton, since the end of May. He believes wolves are largely to blame.

“We’ve had cows that have been absolutely ripped open from one end to the other and the majority of that was done when they were still alive,” he said.”<<<Read More>>>


Bears in Canada on the Rise Along with Applications for Gun Permits for Protection From Bears

Are Canadians bad at keeping records of bear attacks on humans? This recent article indicates that data provided by provinces are unreliable and can’t be trusted. What is interesting though is that because there appears to be some scrutiny about the accuracy of bear attack data, there exists more concern by more people because of an ever increasing number of bear/human encounters across North America; enough that Environment Yukon is now keeping an updated “Bear Incident Map.” And for those interested, there’s this study of accounts of black bear attacks on humans in North America from 1900 – 2009.

And then we find that applications to carry a handgun in Alberta and British Columbia have gone through the roof and driving that demand is the increase in human/bear encounters.


Alberta F&G Says Man Was Not Attacked by Bear

*Update Below*

It may just be that a man who claimed he was ATVing, stopped for a cigarette and was attacked by a black bear, wasn’t telling the truth…..or something. Alberta, Canada Fish and Wildlife authorities are now saying after further investigation the man’s claims are “unfounded.”

*Update* – Seems that there are some questions being raised about the validity of the supposed bear attack victim and claims made against the victim that a bear didn’t do it. This article states that medical personnel say Gambler’s injuries were consistent with a bear attack and yet Fish and Wildlife personnel say otherwise.

One commenter to the above linked-to article has a theory to consider:

Seriously… using Occam’s Razor, what’s the most likely possibility? The guy is picked up by hikers, with serious injuries, and claims a bear attack, which the people who treated him confirm is a consistent explanation. On the other hand, Fish and Wildlife, who would be charged with the rather difficult task of tracking and capturing an animal in the middle of a rural and fairly forested area of Alberta, made even more difficult by positively identifying a specific bear in an environment where there are several around, decides they would rather not investigate if they claim the injuries to be unfounded. Seems to me that they would have something of an ulterior motive to find a reason not to investigate. Only Mr. Gambler would know for sure, but people should ask the simple question – why would he lie about a bear attack. Clearly he was injured somehow, and in the region he was in, a bear attack is as likely as any other explanation.


Black Bear Attacks, Kills Worker at Suncor Oils Sands Site

“A Suncor employee has been killed by a bear at the company’s Oil Sands base, 25 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, Alta.

The RCMP say they were called just after 2 p.m. MT Wednesday after receiving reports of a large, male black bear attacking and killing a worker at the Suncor base camp.

The female worker was declared dead on the scene.”<<<

And this report wouldn’t be complete without reading: “…attacks like this are very rare in the province.”

I wonder how many kills and attacks by bears on humans would it take before officials stop repeating how rare it is?