It appears that the life of a wolf is not worth very much in Montana. Despite all the positive changes to the ecological community that have occurred since wolves wolves returned to Montana, the state has decided to issue 6000 permits for around 600 wolves.
I still can’t fathom what the motivation is to kill these animals. Is it because wolves occasionally kill cattle? If so, we are killing a top predator to protect a tiny fraction of a percentage of livestock that are slaughtered every year anyway to feed our insatiable hunger for beef. I guarantee that most steak dinners cost more than the $19 it costs to kill a wolf. I imagine that most consumers would pay a few cents more per steak dinner to ranchers if they stopped killing wolves. Coyotes and dogs also kill cattle and in higher numbers than wolves do. Wolves are one of the few animals who can keep coyote populations in check, so why are we killing them? And, why is there such a double standard for dogs, who are basically domesticated wolves that people chose to cherish and protect.
I am a PhD Student at UC Santa Cruz. I've created CarnivoreCam as a site where I post pictures of animals captured by motion detecting cameras throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains. Many of these animals live within minutes of major Silicon Valley companies such as Google, Apple, Netflix, Facebook and many more. Here is a place to explore wildlife that is rarely observed - a touch of nature in the cradle of our modern technological society.