One of my favorite things about being a landowner is the beauty of what’s around me: stands of old growth oak trees, vibrant maple trees in the fall, a pond that attracts birds of all kinds, orange sunrises and sunsets over the fields and tree lines, families of deer and other wildlife. But it’s what I love that I also fear. While I love sharing our space with wildlife, it also comes with an uncertainty for the safety of my livestock. Predators like bear, coyotes and even wolves move through our woods and are on the hunt for their next meal.
While I haven’t had an attack on our farm yet, I know the reality of it is very possible. Because of that threat we’ve invested thousands of dollars in new woven wire fence with a strand of electric high tinsel wire and started having a livestock guardian dog live with our goats full time – all because of the threat of predators and the possibility of losing the animals that are an essential piece of my job, business and livelihood I call my farm. I can’t imagine the pain and financial loss when I hear devastating stories (read more) from other farmers who have lost calves and sheep to wolves and can do nothing about it. The wolf population in Wisconsin is growing and something needs to be done about it. Wolves need to be delisted from the endangered species list and managed responsibly so farmers and even pet owners and families do not need to be concerned about the next wolf attack.
Last week there was discussion from lawmakers, farmers, hunters and other concerned citizens about the idea of delisting the wolf from the endangered species list at the Great Wolf Summit in northern Wisconsin. To learn more about the Summit and the unfortunate stories of loss of other farmers, including a friend of mine Ryan, read this story from the Wausau Daily Herald.
I own and manage Cylon Rolling Acres in northwestern Wisconsin. On my farm I raise Boer - Kiko meat goats on pasture.
Cylon (pronounced Si-lon) is the name of our township in St. Croix County, Wisconsin. Sorry fans, our farm is not named after the robots of Battlestar Galactica.