We love our DeBruycker Charolais bulls. In 2015, we traveled to Great Falls, Mont., and bought #480, by JDJ Wyman X3006, for $5,250.
On Sept. 2, #480 was a confirmed wolf kill. He was 3 years old and vigorous and healthy — about 1,900 pounds.
At 6:30 a.m. that morning, we four-wheeled up to our privately owned allotment to scatter out some of our cows onto another privately owned pasture we had leased. #480 was just standing there. When we tried to move him he slowly walked a short distance and laid down under a sage brush. We were gone at most a half-hour. When we got back to him he was dead.
Because there had been around 10 confirmed wolf kills in the forest directly above us, we called our government trapper to come look at him. Upon skinning his face, he found multiple bite marks all over it, under the hide. There were multiple little bite marks under his flanks, on the inside of his upper hind legs and lower belly.
In our area, the wolves do not usually eat our cattle. They are only training their pups to kill. They run them to death, then leave.
If you find one of your animals dead — no blood, no visible cause — and you have wolves in your area, call someone in authority to come examine it. Do not skin it yourself.
How did we let these monsters get turned loose on us, and what kind of people enjoy their killing ways?
Indian Valley, Idaho