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Are wolves killing lots of cattle and sheep?

No. Wolves are responsible for less than 1% of all livestock deaths.

Can killing wolves make things worse?

Yes it can. Killing wolves breaks up packs. Smaller packs have harder time successfully bringing down large prey. Therefore, smaller packs are often forced to find prey that’s easier to kill, such as livestock.

Are the reintroduced wolves larger and different?

No. It’s the same species of wolf that lived here long ago.

Do wolves kill for sport?

No. Wolves kill to feed themselves.

Are wolves killing ALL the deer and elk?

No. Elk and deer populations are generally stable or increasing.

Should people fear wolves?

No. Wolves are generally fearful of and avoid people. Only twice in the past 100 years in North America have wild wolves attacked and killed a human.