Thank you for your recent article, “Ranchers Want Wolf-Kill Rules Eased.”
According to statistics compiled by Cornell University for the USDA, more livestock deaths are from non-predator related causes than predators. In 2010 in Oregon, 51,200 cattle died from non-predator related issues (including weather, digestive and respiratory issues and injuries) as compared to 3,800 predator related causes.
And those predators are more likely to be coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats and dogs than wolves.
Let’s take a hard look at the statistics and ask why wolves would be singled out. There are many proven nonlethal techniques to protect herds from predators.
Wolves have restored the balance of nature. Let’s keep it that way in Oregon.