Major farm groups have lobbied for the right to cull wolves. A new study finds the animals may have gotten a bad rap.
A new study covered in Modern Farmer challenges the notion that wolves are a major antagonist for ranchers and their herds. The common perception has fueled demands from agricultural organizations like the American Farm Bureau to pull the animal from the Endangered Species Act, enabling ranchers to cull them. Yet, after studying Spanish communities that reported heightened wolf activity, researchers at England’s University of Leeds say that wolves are a scapegoat, and U.S. statistics show wolves aren’t a problem for all farmers, or even most farmers, depending on region.