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New Reality Series, Dancing With Wolves
by Susan Allen, click here for bio
Program: Land & Livestock Report
Date: March 13, 2012
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I’m Susan Allen with an idea for a new reality show when Open Range returns. Heck with Survivor, A better reality series would be, no not Dancing With Wolves, Ranching With Wolves ! I’m serious, I know of several ranchers, regulars to my Open Range Facebook page that want to invite wolf lovers and activists to spend a week with them in wolf country for a dose of the daily reality of dealing with vicious carnivores. You see they believe that’s the only fair way for outsiders to formulate an opinion regarding the current wolf measures and the cattle industry. It’s also important to understand why merely subsidizing ranchers for livestock deaths doesn’t work. In fact putting a price on a cow or mule drew a bevy of comments recently on Open Range’s facebook page. One Washington rancher named Paul posted that “wolf lovers don't realize is that it is not just the money...we just don't want our livestock killed...we work hard to keep them alive and healthy! Ask any rancher during calving season!" Angela, who ranches in Wallowa County also reiterated that it’s not the money. It's the trauma to the herd and the rancher, the heartbreaking loss of calves through abortion when the mama cows are stressed by wolves. Her operation has lost a minimum of 35 cows to wolves yet received compensation for two. And if it was about the money the recent wolf killings that paid out at $840 a calf and $1500 for a saddle mule isn’t even fair market value according to a disgusted rancher in Arizona . If you want to get in on the wolf controversy, you can join us at Susan Allens’ Open range on Facebook .
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