Carter Niemeyer has had a hand in killing more American wolves in the Lower 48 states than any wildlife manager in modern history. He knows how to track wolves, how to trap them, how to hunt them down and how to determine if it's a wolf that has killed a calf or sheep. And during his career, based on evidence, not windshield biology or rumor, he decided when wolves would live or die. Sometimes, he and his cohorts working for the federal government eliminated entire wolf packs to aggressively minimize the number of livestock losses. Sometimes, much, more more money was spent eliminating wolves than the value of the livestock killed. Niemeyer also is an elk hunter.
For decades, he worked as a U.S. civil servant in the employ of Wildlife Services, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and on special assignment for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a bureau within the U.S. Interior Department. His primary job was killing predators that menaced domestic livestock. Some environmentalists castigated him as a 'hit man" advancing the interests of cattle and sheep while ranchers on the other side of the barbed-wire fence said he was aligned with greens. After retiring, Niemeyer wrote a book about it, Wolfer, that has met with critical praise. We highly recommend that you read it.
What the public doesn't realize, Niemeyer says, is that already more than one wolf has died to placate ranchers for every wolf that is...
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Post Date:November 2nd, 2011
'Retired federal wolf control specialist Carter Niemeyer talks with Wildlife Art Journal.com about his critically-acclaimed memoir 'Wolfer' and gives a straight-shooting interview about why state wildlife managers in the West are afraid to tell the truth about wolves—namely that they're neither wiping out elk nor representing a serious economic threat to ranchers.