Wolf persecution: Montana legislature has a bill to allow landowners to shoot a “threatening wolf.” I thought ranchers/landowners already had this protection. Now they are asking for the right to shoot a wolf on the next mountain or on their ranch or land? It no doubt means that any wolf seen can be seen as threatening and shot on sight, so it is a bill to treat wolves as varmints across the state and shoot on sight.
It is hard for most bloggers on this site to deal with facts, but wolves usually ignore man’s domestic animals and stocks, killing only 0.0029 percent of cattle – 74 out of 2.5 million in 2011. Even mountain lions usually do the same. Of course most wolf haters have trouble with statistics, facts and science, and will deal only with absolute numbers and anecdotal opinion rather than percentages and probabilities; more folklore.
I had geese, chickens, sheep, horses and often a litter of Dalmatian pups on my place, and I had a resident mountain lion and a pack of coyotes that left me alone. It is another yokel-rancher-wildlife hater myth that predators need to be killed on sight.
So, is this more hysterical nonsense coming out of this right-wing anti-wildlife legislature? This is more among mounting evidence that wolves need to be re-listed in hostile western, if not all, states, especially Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, with state legislature attitudes of treating them like varmints to be shot on sight, extended hunt seasons with an extended trapping season.