Academic journal article Alberta History

Wolves and Gophers

Academic journal article Alberta History

Wolves and Gophers

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The destruction of valuable live stock by wolves has occupied the attention of the Legislative Assembly of late. Coupled with the wolf question is that of the destruction of crops by gophers, which is the direct cause of the greater financial loss to the Territories as a whole, than the losses suffered by our ranchers through the depredations committed by wolves.

The reason of this is not far to seek. A wolf only ventures near the habitations of man when rendered desperate by the hunger of the growing cubs. Once the young wolves are able to hunt for themselves, the nightly onslaughts on the rancher's corral cease. Not so with the gophers. They, whether young or old, are at their nefarious work all the time the weather permits them to be above ground.

Mr. Cayley's bill to provide for the destruction of wolves by the offer of a bounty for each animal killed was a bold attempt to settle the question, but it was met by a demand for similar legislation for the destruction of gophers from the members representing purely agricultural districts. …

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