Predation a risk ranchers must accept

  Dear HCN,


It is evident that most of the wolf predation of livestock occurs within national forest leases or adjacent areas which are often managed by the Bureau of Land Management. As a part owner of these lands, I think it is time that stock growers accept the fact that multiple risks exist on government-leased tracts and also in adjacent areas that are subject to predators such as wolves, bears and lions.


The killing of wolf packs should only occur after multiple episodes of predation on private land or danger to humans who live in the area. I, as a citizen, do not feel that it is reasonable for the rest of us to pay ranchers for their losses which occur on public property! They must accept the risks involved. In addition, much of our Western property is not appropriate for stock growing and has low levels of profit for all. These areas should be taken out of cattle and sheep operations.


Leland E. Stanley, M.D.
Cody, Wyoming
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