Please be advised wolves are making their presence known near the town of Houston. (Photo taken today.) If they have not already come through. Deer seek refuge in town limits. Forcing predators to come in after them. A local resident could also hear them howl tonight. She lives near the Duck Pond. I would exercise extreme caution if you hear or see wolves near your location. Maybe best to keep your dogs and cats inside.
Ranchers, you will need to keep extra tabs on your herds. Especially with calving. It is much easier to handle if you bring your herds in for calving. Closer to the ranch house or barns. Shift work. Day and night rotation if you can. Night will be the most important. This way you are not only keeping an eye on your herd but you will also be patrolling the herd enclosure on a regular basis. When checking the herd, walk the perimeter of fence. Wolves patrol their perimeter in order to keep their territory active. They need to show presence. Ranchers should do the same. It always worked for us on the ranch. And I have come face to face with them many times, with just a flashlight. The wolves being on the other side of the fence. At night I would be out there making my rounds every 2 hours. Sometimes hourly. You will need to be sure that you get rid of any and all afterbirths. Wash up any sign of blood. Leave nothing behind to attract the wolves. If you have lost any calves or cows to birthing, be sure to get rid of the carcasses asap and properly. Keep sick animals inside an enclosed barn. Wolves hate dogs. If you have dogs on the ranch, they will try to lure them out so they can kill them. Pay attention to when your dog alerts you to something in the area.
2016 was a harsh year for the environment and its wildlife. Wolves had a very strong presence in the wilds in our area. They were stressed and were showing signs of aggression. Don't be surprised if the wolves still appear to be brazen. The sound of a rifle may not be enough to keep them away.