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Don’t let a pack of wolves into a cattle ranch.

by GPS4US 2013-11-12 14:42

That’s easier said than done, though. But a new pilot program in Washington state is using GPS
technology to try to fix that problem.

The state, along with environmental group Conservation Northwest, is sponsoring the program to track
wolves with GPS collars. The pilot equips range riders – those responsible for hearding the cattle –
with laptops to track the wolves’ movements over the previous 24 hours.

The effort is a response to an incident last year, when government trappers and sharpshooters killed
seven wolves for repeatedly attacking cattle, the Associated Press reports.

That incident earned the Department of Fish and Wildlife 12,000 emails, mostly against their actions.
GPS may very well be the solution to helping cattle and wolves share land in relative harmony.  Last
winter, the state collared three wolves.

One had radio-based signals that indicate if the wolf is near. The other two were equipped with GPS.
One of the GPS collars belongs to a young male wolf that tends to wander away from the track.

Still, the program seems to be working so far. And – considering the alternative – could prove to be a
safe solution to a serious problem.

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