Data source: “Cattle Death Loss,” a report by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
A wolf researcher at Washington State University has resigned as part of a settlement of a case alleging that the university infringed on his academic freedom.
“Wielgus angered ranchers with his research of wolf behavior. He concluded the state’s policy of killing wolves that preyed on cattle was likely to increase cattle predation because it destabilized the structure of wolf packs.
Ranchers complained to the Washington State Legislature, which cut Wielgus’ funding and demanded he be removed as principal investigator on his ongoing work.”
And they got what they wanted. So, if you’ve got enough money and political power, not only can you buy your own researchers, but you can silence publicly funded independent research. Do you suppose they might be able to influence the research conclusions, too? (Somehow it’s a little hard to see “powerful” environmental groups making this trick work for them.)