Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Myths contribute to wolf hatred

Many misconceptions are being circulated about gray wolves in our area. The gray wolf re-introduced is actually one of three subspecies known to be native to Idaho. On average, they are only five to 15 pounds larger than the subspecies that was hunted to extinction in Idaho. Less than 1 percent of livestock kills are caused by wolves, and at least 90 percent of livestock killed by wolves are financially compensated for. Dogs actually kill more livestock than wolves! There is a variety of nonlethal solutions to protect livestock from wolves. In Montana, wolf advocates and ranchers are working together with positive results.

Evidence shows that elk herds in Idaho are actually healthier now because the wolves focus on the weak and diseased elk. The reason hunters are finding it harder to kill elk is because elk are now more cautious because of the wolves. One example is that they do not linger in one valley for too long and seek out higher elevations for protection. It's not that the elk are disappearing, it just means that maybe you should improve your hunting skills. Scientific evidence shows that wolves actually play a vital role in keeping a balanced and healthy ecosystem. To learn more, please visit or my new website,

Don't believe me? Look up these facts for yourself!

Michael Brandon

McCall, Idaho

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