The following article is from the Associated Press:
JACKSON, Wyo. — A federal report says Wyoming livestock producers reported losing 700 cattle and calves to wolves in 2011.
Altogether, producers estimated losing 43,000 cattle and calves due to weather, predators, digestive problems, respiratory issues, calving and other problems.
The U.S. Agriculture Department report says weather accounted for the most lost livestock in Wyoming with 11,600 deaths, or 27 percent of the total. Predators such as bears, coyotes, eagles, dogs, mountain lions and wolves accounted for 9 percent of losses.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports (http://bit.ly/GTTm20 ) that coyotes caused the most losses by predators. Wolves were blamed for 1.6 percent of total losses.
The USDA numbers are based on self-reporting by producers in a survey.
Chris Colligan, of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, disputes the USDA numbers accuracy.
Source: Associated Press
Posted by Haylie Shipp