I’m 82 years old now, and it’s something that I haven’t witnessed. Butch Wampler, who was managing the cattle, and taking care of the ranch here called me and said he thinks we have a problem. That we have a wolf kill. We called the state biologist. He decided that it was a confirmed kill. Well, I likened it to an article that was in the paper, where the headline was ‘Killed by a thousand bites.’ You’ll have a pack, or even a single one, but mostly it’ll be more than one, will attack an animal. And they keep biting at their hips and at their groin and sometimes they don’t even fall down before the wolf will start eating on their insides and killing them by tearing them apart. We run about 250 commercial cows. We have a small herd of purebred heifer cattle, and then we also care for another rancher’s cattle on a forest permit up in the Modoc National Forrest. Just the though of a wolf which is the top predator. It has no concerns about anybody. Especially if it’s on the endangered species list. It’s like he’s got a bullet-proof vest on. It really gives me great concern to not be able to have the tools available to protect our livestock that are effective. I think the gray wolf is a beautiful animal. I don’t want to see them all eradicated. With the gray wolf being on not only the federal endangered species list but also the California endangered species list we have absolutely no way to protect our livestock. If he’s actually depredating on one of my animals,
I don’t know what I’d do. I’m a grandmother, and I could be thrown in jail with a $100,000 fine for protecting my livestock. Now there’s something wrong with that.