Livestock producers in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota are concerned about last Friday's federal court ruling that put grey wolves back under federal protection as an endangered species.
The ruling will prevent livestock owners from hunting and trapping wolves, including those that are harming their livestock. Chuck Quirmbach of Wisconsin Public Radio spoke with Eric Koens, a cattle rancher in Rusk County, Wis., who said that many producers don't think non-lethal methods of controlling wolves are effective.
“Well, I guess everybody is going to have to do what they feel is best for their operation,” Koens said. “I certainly believe that we as livestock producers have a right to protect our interests on our property.”
Although wolves are now protected, Rachel Tilseth of Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin said that instead of killing the animals, ranchers can try to discourage wolves' attraction to the land. She said owners could bury the carcasses of dead animals, for example.