Here is an IMPORTANT point referred to as "A final caveat" from this article, "Wolf Management Now Entering a Transitional State" regarding Montana.
"In spite of all the publicity, wolves account for a tiny fraction of livestock depredations in Montana.
In 2009, gray wolves are confirmed to have killed 202 sheep in Montana. That's out of 18,800 predator-killed sheep reported by the industry — 1 percent.
By contrast, ranchers reported that coyotes killed more than 14,000 sheep, and eagleskilled 600."
"Ranching is a $1.5 billion industry and part of Montana's heritage. As a result, wolf management policies must continue to stretch to accommodate that industry."
I know if I had that kind of investment, I sure the heck would be keeping an eye out for it.
Also, I do care for animals and I would know what god forbid killed them long before you couldn't tell.
Wolves have been used as scape goats forever. Did any one ever read People of the Deer by Farley Mowat? It is a true account of the Inuit's and the decline of the caribou herds in northern Canada in the 40's. Even though they were trying to blame Wolves then it turned out that they were being slaughtered by the people themselves to trade their tongues for ammo and guns. The corpses were left to rot, no meat taken and the rivers ran thick with their bones. It's been all about greed for as long as their have been humans.