Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association president Scott Nielsen told department director Phil Anderson and his staff that they had lost credibility after cattle and sheep losses by the Diamond M Ranch and Hunters, Wash, sheep producer Dave Dashiell. Both have lost livestock to wolves. Dashiell estimated 200 to 300 sheep from his flock are still missing. The department said 33 wolf depredations are confirmed.
For a wolf depredation to be “confirmed,” they have to show up in time to beat all the other scavengers.
The usual time-frame for those kills you actually are fortunate enough to find is three to five working days, by which time it’s almost impossible to find any wolf sign, and sometimes there isn’t much of a corpse to find, either.
You’re usually not lucky enough to find the kill at all, and that’s with cows– for sheep? Good grief, you may as well hope to find a dead dog in a city and then confirm it was killed by a car rather than being run over after it was dead.