For example, coyotes killed 111 calves in 2006, and that number jumped to 1,348 in 2010. They killed 698 lambs and 135 adult sheep in 2006, and 2,488 lambs and 422 adult sheep this year.
Grizzly bears killed five calves in 2006 and 32 in 2010. In 2006, they killed no lambs and two adult sheep, but took down 12 lambs and 29 adult sheep in 2010.
Mountain lions killed two calves in 2006 and four this year. They killed nine lambs and 14 adult sheep in 2006, and 91 lambs and 36 adult sheep this year.
In comparison, wolves killed 51 calves in 2006 and 454 in 2010. Wolves also killed six lambs and 22 adult sheep in 2006, and 48 lambs and 728 adult sheep this year.
The figures are for the federal fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.
John Stueber is the state director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services bureau, which is in charge of predator control. He believes that the increase in livestock killing by the other large predators came about for two reasons: the federal agency has been so focused on dealing with wolf depredations that it can't undertake previous proactive measures to prevent coyotes, black and grizzly bears, mountain lions and foxes from killing livestock; and the presence of wolves on the landscape is limiting the ways they can deal with the other large predators.
"Well boo-hoo cry me a river."
Wouldn't this tell ya that there's more hysteria about wolves than necessary.
Carter Niemeyer strongly questions Wildlife Services report.
In the source posted above and this week's article out about a recent report done by Wildlife Services at the request of the Montana Cattlemen’s Association which claims that the presence of wolves has caused predation of livestock by other predators to increase because it has limited their methods of killing. It also claims that predation by wolves has risen sharply.
Calls recent Montana report “misleading”.
In his book, Wolfer he describes how the incestuous relationship between the livestock industry and Wildlife Services works to maintain hegemony over how predators are blamed for livestock deaths so that they can be managed and killed and so that the taxpayer funds flow freely. He goes on to describe how the reporting of livestock depredations is routinely influenced by the higher ups in the department so that blame could be squarely placed on any number of predators instead of what usually boils down to poor animal husbandry practices.
Often times he was called to the scene of a "wolf depredation" only to find out, upon investigation, that ...
Wow, I'm shocked. The truth comes out and by Carter, shocked again. I've got to read this book. It's hard to believe that any animal would cause this type of behavior in people. They are a symbol which is so unfair to them and their survival. Stop the madness............