New Study Shows Only 2.3 Percent of Predator Related Cattle Deaths Caused by Wolves
"These statistics clearly show that wolves kill very few cattle annually, especially compared to other causes of death," said Suzanne Asha Stone, Rocky Mountain Field Representative for Defenders of Wildlife. "Vultures and even dogs kill more cattle than wolves, to say nothing of coyotes, weather, and disease."
Most cattle lost in 2005 were lost to other factors besides predators. Just over four million cattle died last year nationwide, ninety five percent of those died from disease, weather, and other non-predator related causes.
opposed to wolf reintroduction often claim the toll wolves take on cattle is
very high, but the true statistics tell a different story," said Stone. "With
these numbers we see that wolves play a very small role in all cattle
Defenders of Wildlife, through its Bailey Wildlife Foundation Wolf Compensation
Trust, assists ranchers who lose cattle to wolves. Defenders’ also established a
Livestock Producer Advisory Council, comprised of ranchers, which works to
foster dialogue and understanding between conservationists and
Defenders of Wildlife is recognized as one of the nation's most progressive advocates for wildlife and its habitat. With more than 490,000 members and supporters, Defenders of Wildlife is an effective leader on endangered species issues.
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