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Wolves killing fewer cattle in Wyoming than in Montana, Idaho

[large thumbnail url=”wolves-killing-fewer-cattle-in-wyoming-than-in-montana-idaho” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”26″] [thumbnail icon url=”wolves-killing-fewer-cattle-in-wyoming-than-in-montana-idaho” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”26″]¬†As Wyoming fights to join Montana and Idaho in getting its gray wolves removed from the endangered species list, a new report indicates that its cattle have fared better with the predator.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week reported that the number of cattle killed in Wyoming by wolves was actually decreasing while kills in neighboring Montana and Idaho had risen sharply.

Wolf-killed cattle have angered ranchers in all three states. In 2010, wolves killed 570 adult cows and 1990 calves in Idaho, according to the USDA Cattle Death Loss report issued last week. Wolves in Montana killed 440 adult cows and 852 calves. Wyoming fared better with 74 adult cows killed and 511 calves.

Five years earlier, Montana and Idaho’s losses were in line with Wyoming’s, but as wolf populations in those states grew, so did the wolf toll on cattle. Wyoming saw a slight decline…

Read the entire article on billingsgazette.com: Wolves killing fewer cattle in Wyoming than in Montana, Idaho

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