Wolf News Roundup 4/19/2018
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
April 19, 2018
Sheriff Surveys Wolf Depredations
Kittson County Sheriff Steve Porter has taken an active role in assessing wolf depredations on cattle in his northern Minnesota county. Sheriff’s department officials contacted cattle ranchers in the county in attempt to learn about cattle/wolf conflicts, learning that 118 cattle went missing from the 40 cattle ranchers surveyed.
More Deer, More Wolves
A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources biologist told the Duluth News Tribune that wolf numbers in that state have increased as the result of an increasing deer population. Although the federal recovery plan calls for a population of 1,200 to 1,400 wolves, Minnesota officials say the population is now about 2,800 wolves ¬– an increase of 25 percent from the previous year.
Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife officials have killed one of eight wolves in a pack that has made repeated depredations on calves in a private pasture in the Pine Valley area. State officials have also hazed the seven remaining members of the pack away from the ranch that has had three calves killed and another four injured, but the pack quickly returned. Oregon’s wolf population increased last year, with state officials estimating the state has a minimum population of 124 wolves.
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