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07-18-2007, 08:34 AM #1
Wolves to shoot or not to shoot.
I know most of you on here are city folk and will not care or understand this.
Some will say they are an endangered species.
Those of us that raise livestock will say something different. They are a predator, plain and simple. If you have your livelihood threatened you may feel differently.
Having a farm and livestock I can understand the ranchers near Yellowstone’s anger, trying to raise livestock is hard enough, to keep them alive in ideal conditions.
Bring in a predator that kills for fun and knows no bonders that you can’t kill until it can be proven to have hurt your livestock is an outrage.
We don’t have a big problem here in Maine will wolves, yet. Coyotes are more of a problem now but with all the people here that own wolf hybrids, yes they are allowed here as pets. Problem is people don’t understand that this is a wild animal, the owners themselves are getting bitten by their own pets.
Then there are the ones that escape and just run wild.
Talk between yourselves.
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07-18-2007, 08:44 AM #2
That is a hard one, we don't want to total wipe out the Wolves but we sure do not need them taking the bread off our tables! Did you see the special on Discovery where the gut was living with them and studying them to try and better understand them and try and find a way to keep them away from livestock. He has the scientific comunity watching real close, he has found out more than anyone and has already helped several farmers with large Wolf population problems. Very interesting.Terry
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07-18-2007, 09:47 AM #3
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I used to work for a guy that trained police dogs on the side (he was the president of a kennel club and just ran a company until that club could support him).
Anyhow, one day someone asked him if he knew anything about wolf hybrids for guard dogs or whatever. Stay clear of that, you can't breed out the wolf in them, he said. That was the old mentality I guess. I guess the new mentaility it to try to find the balance between protecting farmers/ranchers interests and not decimating the wolf population at all. They still serve an interest in maintaining the ecology, just have to find ways to keep them away.
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07-18-2007, 10:04 AM #4
3 Words....Blam, Blam, Blam!
(Then the soft tickling of casings hitting the ground)
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07-18-2007, 10:20 AM #5
I am and always have been a hunter. I have shot my share of coyotes and small predators, but I have never shot a wolf. Supposedly, wolves don't exist in this area, but I can attest first hand that they do. We had a working cattle ranch about 100 miles south of Dallas back in the 80's and we had a family of wolves living on our property. We saw the mother quite a few times and heard the pups on occasion. They never took any of our cattle, so we left them alone. We also had a mountain lion on the same property. It would make our horses nervous at certain places around the ranch.
This past deer season, I sat in my stand on my deer lease and watched a bobcat walk around the area I was hunting for about 20 minutes. A deer walked up and ran the bobcat off. I didn't shoot the bobcat because I enjoyed watching it much better. About 3 weeks later, one of the other hunters walked up on the bobcat and it had a deer pinned to the ground. He yelled at the cat and it ran one way and the deer ran the other. I didn't think they would try to take a deer, just rabbits, etc. If I see it again, I will probably shoot it.Gary
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07-18-2007, 11:55 AM #6
i think if they are on your farm or you see them attack/chase livestock you should shoot them. just my 2centsMatt
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07-28-2007, 12:02 AM #7
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As a youngester, I lived on a farm. We raised a few head of beef steers but others around us raised sheep and cattle. Every spring wild dogs would start coming around the farms and if they didn't get killed they would kill the young. We used to go hunting dogs every spring. Folks would haul their pups they didn't want and older dogs off to the county dump site and turn them loose. They would start running in packs then and the problems would start.
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