Majority have been killed for livestock losses-
Despite controversy over the wolf hunt, about 60% of those killed were because the wolves killed livestock, usually just one or two animals. The large majority of the livestock retribution killing was done by Wildlife Services, not by the owners of the livestock. I would like to see how many of these depredation incidents were on public lands where livestock are grazed almost for free under the theory that their owners suffer loses from predators and bother from recreationists.
Wolf death tally passes 500. By Matthew Brown and John Miller. Associated Press writers.
At the end of 2008, the official wolf count in the 3 states was 1650.
The writers data on the Basin Butte Pack is wrong if you believe Lynne Stone. It is good that they acknowledge this.