Extreme heat in Nebraska kills far more livestock in a couple days than western wolves in a year

In April, Ralph contrasted the disproportionate media hysteria that takes place when a wolf kills a cow or sheep versus when any number of other natural events result in vastly more significant livestock loss.  The example that he used :

SE Montana blizzard kills far more livestock in 2 days than Montana wolves in a year :

cattle losses to wolves in Montana in 2008 totaled just 77 dead with a couple dozen more “probables.”

Another more recent example of the glaring disparity of livestock loss to wolves & environment versus the weather is aptly illustrated on the other end of the weather spectrum :

Extreme heat kills hundreds of cattle in Nebraska – AP

In southeastern Nebraska’s Hamilton County, temperatures in the 90s and high humidity contributed to the deaths of roughly 600 cattle.

That’s one county.

3 Responses to “Extreme heat in Nebraska kills far more livestock in a couple days than western wolves in a year”

  1. Jon Way Says:

    BE and RM,
    thanks for continuing to post these stories. It allows more “average” folks to see how stupid the hysteria around wolves is. They are certainly a great eye opening example of how much political clout livestock groups have. Maybe un-politically corrupt politicians will one day notice as well…
    thanks again for your effort to keep us all informed.

  2. Ralph Maughan Says:

    We have to keep spreading word about the relative numbers. The other day Montana Cattlemen’s Association took out a full page ad in the Missoulian showing “gory”* photos of livestock and sheepdogs that had been attacked (some surviving and others as carcasses) by wolves.
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    *These photos were intended to shock urban dwellers, although anyone who works with livestock would find a dead cow or an animal in severe distress a routine sight.

    Apparently the area where the two Oregon wolves recently killed about 20 sheep was found to have nearby a carcass dump (also called a “bone field”) covering several acres.

  3. mikepost Says:

    The folks I talk to think that a 1-2% loss each year on their herds for all causes (predators, bloat, lightening, etc) is normal and expected. Given herd sizes, that might be a pretty big number.


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