Okay, here are some FACTS from Idaho. Easily located with a very short Google
search.Idaho elk number have dropped from about 125,000 in 1997 to
about 103,000 today. That's not a loss of 70%. According to Idaho
wildlife biologists, part of the drop may be attributed to wolf depredation, but
"probably an equal number have been winter kill in some tough recent
winters."Some folks who post here have some very good
MM -- I'll bet you can't possibly document your wild claim, can you?
Wild imaginations do not make facts.
I wonder how the animals all lived together before us humans came along and
"saved" them? Ranchers and big game hunters will tell you
that wolves will destroy everything in their path if left unchecked. Well, if
that were true, what would they eat after all the big game and livestock were
gone? I'm a big game hunter, but I feel like ALL animals deserve to be in
their native places. Wolves roamed the Rocky Mountains way before ranchers came
along. If you go into the cattle business you should know that you are taking on
the risk of a few of your herd being eaten or lost to other natural elements. I
used to own a convenience store, I knew when I bought it that I would lose a
certain amount daily to theft. I never expected the feds to come along and pay
me for my losses, it was part of owning the business.
This is good news for the elk! In Idaho we have lost over 70% of our elk to
wolves and for what?