Losing a cow to a wolf is about more than just value – The Register-Guard

The wolf issue is not an economic issue — it is a cultural issue. The myth of the ranchers in the West still holds sway. This is proven by the fact that cattle that die from wolves and other predators are a tiny fraction of those that die from disease.

Therefore, ranchers are coming from an emotional, non-scientific perspective, yet they are holding sway. The United States policy of subsidizing ranchers and allowing them to graze cattle on public lands for almost nothing is the problem … and it is not just a problem for wolves but also for the health of the sagebrush steppe, grasslands, creeks and rivers in the West.

It’s essential to base decisions on the best available science, instead of myth, politics, and fear, when making decisions about wolf conservation and management.

Jennifer Haynes, Eugene

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