Ranchers in Southwest Alberta, Canada are complaining about more wolf attacks on their livestock than ever before with one estimate being double the normal amount. In a typical response to the request of being able to cull the wolf herd, we get this.

Dave Ealey, a spokesman for Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, said culling wolves is not an option and the government will instead try to selectively manage the problem. Provincial wildlife officers are shooting or relocating the odd wolf known to be problematic.

Ealey said he doesn’t know why wolves are attacking livestock instead of wildlife.

“Maybe they’re harder to get at this year, for some reason. [It] could be a variety of things that’s making them less likely to go after the wild game.”

Tom Remington