- Joined Apr 16, 2010
He could have died slowly in great pain as he was pretty old. An expert from the ODFW ended their lives quickly.I prefer not to die at the hands of a rifleman hovering overhead in a helicopter.
Granted, the whole timberwolf/gray wolf story is a long and controversial one across all of the northern states.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/odfw/sets/72157623481759903/Morgan believes the Imnaha group of wolves could be splitting up and that age and physical condition may be playing a role in the depredation. The alpha male is nearly 10 years old and the alpha female has been known to limp since she first appeared a few years ago. “As wolves grow old, or if they are injured, they are unable to hunt traditional wild prey as they have in the past,” said Morgan. “This could be playing a role in the pack’s recent behavior.”
From the OP link
There is good reason to believe OR4 was cast out of his pack early this year, and his decision to move into livestock calving ground was borne of the need of an old, slowing, and dull-toothed male—no longer able to bring down elk—to fend for his hobbled mate, to whom he was endearingly loyal, and his yearling pups.
I recommend you do NOT attempt to rustle some cattle in the western states.
I've lived in a few states where a Ford F150 without a gun rack is a special order. I know what you mean.I recommend you do NOT attempt to rustle some cattle in the western states.
I know whenever I traveled down the road and a coyote was seen, typically they were running flat out, because they were always under the gun. Alot of pickups had gun racks with weapons where I was ... including mine.
Would you prefer to die in the hidden room under my shop over a period of weeks or more where I laugh maniacally as I toss hungry angry kitties down at you at random intervals?
It depends. I've witnessed several natural deaths. Some slip away quietly and some more labored and painful in the last days/hours. A wolf in the wild will usually go out with some glory - look for another pack to rumble with. It isn't slow. The wolf in post #1 was part of a lone pack (only pack to cross a river) so he may have gone out slowly.For all that - a violent death is, as a rule, far kinder than a natural one!!!
This is open pasture in the high desert. Not many fences to keep in or out wild game or predators.I used to have livestock. Answer is to make strong and secure fencing (min 5ft high). That way nothing gets in and there is never a need to go and kill other animals who where feeding.
That would raise the price of beef, cause people to eat less beef, get healthier, need less Lipitor, cause Healthcare companies to be less profitable, cause my Vanguard Health Care mutual fund in my retirement plan to grow at a less rapid rate, causing me to have to work longer before I retire (and at the same time causing me to live longer as a result of eating less beef and furthering my need to work longer to pay for my additional time as a retiree).Well better put some fencing in then.
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