314 livestock were lost to wolves last year. Between 5000 and 10,000 head lost to other predators-
Non lethal management of wolves, which keeps both wolves and livestock alive is feasible.
However, most livestock operators are not like Mike Stevens (see in story) because the U.S. government will kill the wolves for free for you and it looks like Idaho is about to get a million dollar slush fund to compensate operators for animals that were or might have been killed by wolves — a pretty strong incentive to conduct livestock business as usual.
. . . and In Wyoming, if a wolf kills your lamb or cow calf, steer, etc. you get compensated seven times its value! That is one royal payoff.