OK, so now we know documented mountain lions have been crossing through Kansas for about the past five years, but will another big predator soon be here, too?
For the second consecutive year it appears a wolf was probably killed by a deer hunter in Missouri.
If you’ll remember, in 2010 a firearms deer hunter thought he was shooting at a large coyote in northern Missouri and discovered it was something much larger. After first saying it was just a super-sized coyote…as in 10 or more pounds bigger than the current world-record. DNA later showed that wolf probably came from a population in the Great Lakes area. Populations are high enough in that region that some states are holding seasons this fall.
Now, though, the wolf population in the Northern Rockies is also expanding rapidly and has spread far outside where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service predicted when they reintroduced them to the Rockies several years ago. Several big game groups say the wolves are devastating area deer, moose and elk populations to near record-low numbers.
So, does that mean will someday have them in Kansas…probably so. Once they make it to Colorado, it’ll be an easy walk out on to our prairies.
Though I’d love to hear them howl at night, I can’t say I want them chasing our deer or feasting on our livestock.