To the editor:
In the October 11, 2013 DMG, Eric Maise refers to the wolf as the "most feared... predator in North America."
Seriously? I would rather confront a wolf any day than deal with a mountain lion or feral pig! (Not to mention two-legged predators...) Anyone who fears a wolf more than those needs to study up.
As to protecting livestock, my goats would be under less threat if my neighbors would stop shooting and trapping coyotes.
Google "coyote management" and do some reading. Human efforts to "control" coyotes have resulted only in enormous increases in their numbers and range.
In addition, when the local coyote pack is allowed to mature, the adults teach the youngsters to stay away from places like mine because they know that livestock guardian dogs are on duty. When the local adults are decimated, there are more young pups to teach and fewer knowledgeable adults to teach them.
If you're worried about your dogs or other pets, then you need to keep them in a manner that protects them from all the various dangers in life: wild predators, other dogs, cars, malicious humans, disease, etc.
That is your job as a responsible owner. If you leave a vulnerable pet in the middle of a predator's territory, you are at fault if bad things happen...
And if you're into hunting as a challenging sport, lay off the simpleton deer and shy coyotes for a while and go after the feral pigs.
Yes, they're here and they're dangerous and destructive.
They're also tasty and "organically raised." (If you've got "any" sort of hunting license or they're on your property, they're fair game.)