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Wolves in the wild: Room for livestock, too?

Len McIrvin, one of the owners of Diamond M Ranch, says, “Wolves have never been compatible with raising livestock.”

From that, the rancher in Stevens County concludes that wolves should be done away with, claiming that 12 of his cows or calves have been killed or injured by wolves. And so, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife sharpshooters have been sent out to kill four wolves in the Wedge Pack, one of the groups of wolves that have returned to the state since the re-introduction of the animals to the U.S. West.

But turn McIrvin’s statement around: Raising livestock has never been compatible with wolves. That prompts other questions. Should protection of livestock take precedent over protection of natural wildlife? Especially since McIrvin uses some public land for grazing his cattle?

Read the entire article on seattletimes.com: Wolves in the wild: Room for Livestock, too?

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