Not so many years ago, elk were reintroduced to Western North Carolina. The first year, many calves were killed by black bear due to the lack of knowledge by their mothers. The second year, fewer calves died as the mothers learned the ways to protect their young ones. Now, the herd has grown from less than 30 to over 125. It takes a bit of time for the wolves' prey animals to learn from them, but they will learn. The arguement of protecting big game is illogical for this reason. Protecting domesticated livestock is another matter. These animals have been "dumbed down" for generations. Live stock have caretakers who have a responsibility to the animal and to their own financial bottomline. We must know the facts of this tragedy before we can make an informed decision on it's significance.