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Wisconsin releases wolf livestock predation numbers

[large thumbnail url=”wisconsin-releases-wolf-livestock-predation-numbers” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”02″ day=”17″] [thumbnail icon url=”wisconsin-releases-wolf-livestock-predation-numbers” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”02″ day=”17″] Wolves killed 63 cattle, most of which were calves, worth a total of $113,586, according to a new report from the state Department of Natural Resources. Between 25 and 27 packs of wolves are believed to have carried out the killings along with a handful of lone wolves.

The previous record was sent in 2008 when wolves attacked cattle at 32 farms. Wolf attacks against both cattle and dogs have been on the rise since gray wolves returned to the state in the mid-1970s and, under the protection of state and federal wildlife protection laws, steadily multiplied in numbers. Last year, wolves killed an estimated 24 dogs in the state.

But people may be more dangerous to wolves than wolves are to cattle and dogs. Of wolves tracked by the DNR using radio collars last year, 62 percent of those that died were killed by human-related causes such as illegal hunting, getting run over or getting euthanized because wildlife officials determined they were becoming a threat to humans (under current regulations, being a threat to non-human life isn’t enough to permit legal hunting…

Read the entire article on milwaukeenewsbuzz.com: Rise of the Wisconsin Wolf

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