Comparing costs and benefits of lethal and non-lethal human–wildlife conflict mitigation on livestock farms

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These Wolves would still be alive had WDFW taken action to remove attractants place near their Rendezvous Den Site the first week, rather than waiting over a Month. One would have to question if WDFW left them there to wipe out the entire pack? One would also have to question why Travis Fletcher USFS Grazing Allotment supervisor has not shut down these Grazing Allotments that are known problem allotments. It Appears Travis Fletcher is also blatantly disregarding mandates upon him under the Indian and Public Trust by allowing McIvrin to continue on these Allotments

Reposting Proof for Ranchers, that non-lethal is far less expensive,

Livestock depredation has implications for conservation and agronomy; it can be costly for farmers and can prompt retaliatory killing of carnivores. Lethal control measures are readily available and are reportedly perceived to be cheaper, more practical and more effective than non-lethal methods. However, the costs and efficacy of lethal vs non-lethal approaches have rarely been compared formally. We conducted a 3-year study on 11 South African livestock farms, examining costs and benefits of lethal and non-lethal conflict mitigation methods. Farmers used existing lethal control in the first year and switched to guardian animals (dogs Canis familiaris and alpacas Lama pacos) or livestock protection collars for the following 2 years. During the first year the mean cost of livestock protection was USD 3.30 per head of stock and the mean cost of depredation was USD 20.11 per head of stock. In the first year of non-lethal control the combined implementation and running costs were similar to those of lethal control (USD 3.08 per head). However, the mean cost of depredation decreased by 69.3%, to USD 6.52 per head. In the second year of non-lethal control the running costs (USD 0.43 per head) were significantly lower than in previous years and depredation costs decreased further, to USD 5.49 per head. Our results suggest that non-lethal methods of human–wildlife conflict mitigation can reduce depredation and can be economically advantageous compared to lethal methods of predator control.

McManus, J., Dickman, A., Gaynor, D., Smuts, B., & Macdonald, D. (2015). Dead or alive? Comparing costs and benefits of lethal and non-lethal human–wildlife conflict mitigation on livestock farms. Oryx, 49(4), 687-695. doi:10.1017/S0030605313001610

Source: Dead or alive? Comparing costs and benefits of lethal and non-lethal human–wildlife conflict mitigation on livestock farms | Oryx | Cambridge Core

Oregon Rancher Asks State to Kill Wolves That Attacked Calf

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200 meters is not at the Carcass…. whats the Rancher doing leaving it out for BAIT for a week?? They forgot to mention that the Rancher did or did not use deterrents however…. yet on another BLM grazing allotment

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A rancher in northeastern Oregon’s Wallowa County has asked state officials to kill wolves from the Harl Butte pack after an investigator confirmed wolves killed a calf.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife tells the Capital Press that it received the request Friday and will decide in the coming days.

A Fish and Wildlife investigator determined the calf of about 450 pounds (204 kilograms) died around July 21 and was mostly consumed by the time it was discovered.

State officials say they found bite marks on the carcass and wolf tracks in the area. A GPS tracking collar also showed a wolf was within 200 yards (183 meters) of the carcass four times from July 21 to July 25.

Fish and Wildlife said it has confirmed six attacks on calves by the Harl Butte pack between July 2016 and July 22, 2017, including a calf killed on a private pasture in April.

On July 21, another calf was found alive with multiple bite marks. That attack and the successful attack both occurred on grazing allotments in public land.

Under Oregon’s wolf management rules, Fish and Wildlife can authorize killing wolves if there are two confirmed livestock killings by wolves in the area or one confirmed killing followed by three attempted attacks, Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy said.

But management rules also include a requirement that the person requesting wolves be killed show that non-lethal protection had been unsuccessful. The person must also show that nothing was done that attracted wolves to livestock.

In Washington state, officials on July 20 authorized killing some members of the Smackout pack after confirming that the animals had repeatedly attacked livestock in Stevens County. One wolf was killed last week, and that removal operations are continuing, the Department of Fish and Wildlife said Thursday.

Source: Oregon Rancher Asks State to Kill Wolves That Attacked Calf | Oregon News | US News

Betrayal of public trust | Inquirer Opinion

Smackout Pack slaughter, protect the wolves

It should first be noted that betrayal of public trust was added only by the 1987 Constitution. As our constitutional text stands now, we have six impeachable offenses: “culpable violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, or betrayal of public trust.” Betrayal of public trust is only one of a set joined together by the conjunctive word “or.” Under the eiusdem generis rule, words linked together as belonging to a class are understood to have common characteristics. If we are to discern the meaning of “betrayal of public trust,” therefore, we must see what characteristics its companion offenses have. Let us see what the drafters of the 1987 Constitution said.

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Washington to kill members of wolf pack in Stevens County 

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Donny Martorello to kill members of wolf pack in Stevens County based on last years Depredations


Donny Martorello is again carrying out the wishes of Donald Dashiell, Joel Kretz, Mike Blankenship  by bringing numbers into the picture from Last Year. How Long will Washington State Residents allow this type of Mentality in our Government?  Donny Martorello is Useless! He is blatantly disregarding the Mandates upon him under the Public Trust!

 — The state plans to kill some animals in a wolf pack, which has repeatedly preyed on livestock in Stevens County, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said Thursday.

The wolves, known as the Smackout pack, has preyed on livestock four times since September.

“The purpose of this action is to change the pack’s behavior,” said Donny Martorello, a wolf manager for the agency. “That means incrementally removing wolves and assessing the results before taking any further action.”

The Smackout pack is one of 20 wolf packs, all in Eastern Washington, documented in Washington state in 2016. At that time, the pack was estimated to consist of eight wolves, but it has since produced an unknown number of pups. The pack roams an area near the Canadian border north of Spokane.

Wolves were wiped out in Washington early in the last century, but begin moving back into the state from Idaho and Canada earlier this century.

The state is now home to at least 115 wolves, growing at a rate of 30 percent per year, and there have been conflicts between wolves and ranchers that prompted the state to kill numerous problems wolves in recent years.

Jim Unsworth, director of Fish and Wildlife, authorized the lethal action against the Smackout pack.

The department in June adopted a policy of removing wolves that prey on livestock three times in a 30-day period or four times in a 10-month period, Martorello said.

The Smackout pack’s latest depredation against cattle was discovered July 18.

In June, a ranch employee caught two wolves in the act of attacking livestock and killed one of them, the agency said.

“This rancher has made concerted efforts to protect his livestock using non-lethal measures,” Martorello said. “Our goal is to change the pack’s behavior before the situation gets worse.”

Gray wolves have been removed from federal Endangered Species Act protections in the eastern third of the state, although they remain protected under state law.

Chase Gunnell, a spokesman for Conservation Northwest, called the decision to kill several wolves “heartrending,” but said it may prevent the entire pack from being wiped out.

“We see this is a test of the theory that early lethal intervention can disrupt depredating behavior,” Gunnell said.

He said it was clear, based on information from the agency, that the ranchers involved in this case have taken steps to avoid conflicts with wolves.



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