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Wyoming landowner issued rubber bullets to deter wolves

[large thumbnail url=”wyoming-landowner-issued-rubber-bullets-to-deter-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”01″ day=”11″] [thumbnail icon url=”wyoming-landowner-issued-rubber-bullets-to-deter-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”01″ day=”11″] According to the weekly Wyoming Gray Wolf Recovery Status Report a landowner has been issued rubber bullets in order to deter wolves from harrassing his horses.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigated complaints of 4 wolves harrassing young horses on private land to the northeast of Jackson, WY on December 31, 2009.

According to the Associated Press, Mike Jimenez – Wyoming Wolf Recovery Project Leader – also confirmed that the same landowner was issues cracker shells. These can be fired from shotguns and act like fireworks.

According to historical records from the USFWS site, rubber bullets had been issued on at least two other occasions – both in August of 2009 – in an attempt to deter wolves which were no longer showing fear of humans due to habituation.

The Associated Press article also says Jimenez claims previous use of rubber bullets have been successful in stopping wolf-human issues.

References:

US Fish and Wildlife Service: Wyoming Gray Wolf Recovery Status Reports
Associated Press: Rubber bullets issued to landowner to deter wolves (on Denver Post website) 

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