Small number of cattle killed by predators
DENVER (AP)--A federal report says the number of cattle killed by carnivores and natural predators like coyotes or dogs accounts for a small percent of all livestock losses.
A report on cattle death losses released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service said nationwide, 5.5 percent of all cattle and calf losses came from predatory animals
The report says the losses cost farmers more than $98 million.
The report says 4.6 percent of Colorado's losses came from predators in 2010. Most were killed by coyotes or bears.
Officials found that 9.5 percent of the cattle and calf losses in Wyoming were due to predators. Of those, wolves accounted for nearly 19 percent, and bears almost 16 percent.
The report says non-lethal control measures like guard animals and fencing cost farmers and ranchers more than $188 million.
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