Not just economic activities, Elk population has been tanking because they lived so long without wolves. The wildlife biologists recommend wolf control to prevent too much of an impact on the ungulate population, it has nothing to do with cows or livestock.
“There is nothing wrong at all with more wolves coming to Montana.”
Said by someone whose livelihood doesn’t depend on the land. It’s easy to make judgments when it doesn’t affect your life whatsoever. A rancher loses 5 calves to a pack of wolves and he’s down $7500. Imagine only making 60k a year if you’re lucky, and then a wolf knocks that down even more. Last year my friend who is a rancher made 30k. We’re not talking millions of dollars here, most of these farms in Montana are family owned.
I’m sure they could figure out how to make money and be less environmentally destructive
Most Montana ranchers avoid that all together. Their cows depend on the environment to eat. Come out to Montana, it’s different than you think.