Wolf problem recalls past coyote battles

The sheep ranchers started documenting the kills — date and location — and putting the carcasses in cold storage. From the Western states to Washington D.C. the carcasses were shipped and then unloaded at the White House.

Published on September 5, 2017 9:49AM


The cattle ranchers of the Western states are taking a beating from the wolves at the hands of the animal rights advocates, environmentalists and Fish and Game.

This battle with the wolves is reminiscent of the battle of the sheep ranchers in the western U.S. in the late 1960s and the 1970s with the coyotes. The federal trapping program was cut back as well as increasing the regulations limiting or outright stopping the use of certain traps and other devices to kill the coyotes attacking the sheep.

The leaders of the national and some state wool growers associations met with President Nixon and others and were given assurance that there would be reversal of those actions, but the president reneged on his promises.

The sheep ranchers, in their frustration, decided to take a drastic step to show those demanding and making the rules and the public the devastation that coyotes wrought on sheep. The sheep ranchers started documenting the kills — date and location — and putting the carcasses in cold storage. From the Western states to Washington D.C. the carcasses were shipped and then unloaded at the White House.

Those who think compensation solves the problem are so wrong and short-sighted. The compensation for the killed livestock is a pittance compared to the loss, not just for the day, but in the long term and on many levels.

Unfortunately, in today’s world the farmers and ranchers are dealing with those who have their own agenda, lack common sense and are so far removed from the real world.

Several years ago, a wise Navajo sheep rancher told a group of his fellow sheep ranchers that when the last man dies, a coyote will be picking at his bones. That could apply to the wolves.

Vernette Marsh

Davis, Calif.



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