Carter Niemeyer, was a former Wolf Management Specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services. For years he conducted wolf depredation investigations in the three Western wolf recovery states of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. In a recent interview for Yakima.com, Niemeyer explains that “people are so quick to jump on this anecdotal information, to accuse wolves or even (other) predators of killing livestock ,and I’d go out and look at (investigations into missing or dead livestock) and most of it was not killed by predators.”
As human populations expand, there is a growing need to figure out ways for people and wildlife to coexist. The Defenders of Wildlife Wolf Coexistence Partnership is doing great work demonstrating ways that conservationists and ranchers can work together to protect livestock and save wolves by avoiding and minimizing conflicts.
To learn about some ranches that are employing nonlethal techniques to avoid conflict with wolves, visit www.predatorfriendly.orgwww.predatorfriendly.org