Idaho wolves killing livestock
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
August 16, 2008
The Idaho Fish and Game Department reports that wolves have been preying on livestock consistently through the month of July in that state. Here's the predation and control report for July:
Friday, July 11, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed a calf on private land near Bear.
July 16, a WS fixed-wing aircrew shot and killed a gray male wolf about a mile from the depredation site near Bear. Traps are being pulled and control efforts are concluded unless there is another depredation.
July 14, WS confirmed that wolf killed a lamb in Rainbow Creek in the Boise National Forest.
July 23, WS shot and killed an adult, black female wolf near the rainbow creek depredation site.
July 14, WS confirmed that a wolf killed a lamb on the Boise National Forest, east of Smith's Ferry. This is the same area where WS confirmed a depredation on July 2.
July 15, WS confirmed that wolves attacked a cow on private land on Smiley Creek near Stanley.
July 15, WS confirmed that wolves killed one calf and probably killed another on a Targhee National Forest grazing allotment on the west side of Bishop Mountain between Ashton and Kilgore.
July 16, WS caught and killed an adult, gray female wolf.
July 18, WS confirmed that at least two wolves killed three rams on private land near Leadore.
July 18, a Fish and Game employee found a ram carcass on private land NE of Idaho City while he was looking for wolf-killed deer and elk. After consulting with WS, the depredation is being considered a probable wolf kill.
July 20, WS confirmed that wolves killed a calf and probably killed another calf on private land near Stanley.
July 22, WS examined three calves that had bite wounds to their flanks and hindquarters. WS confirmed that injuries were caused by wolves. All three calves are expected to survive. The depredation took place on the same private ranch where WS confirmed another depredation on a calf last week and subsequently removed one male wolf. There are still three pairs of cows/calves missing on this ranch.
July 22, WS confirmed that wolves killed five Walker hounds and one blue tick hound near Bridge Creek in Unit 12 in the Clearwater National Forest. The dogs were owned by three brothers, and the wolves killed every dog in the chase.
July 24, WS confirmed that wolves killed a calf on a Salmon-Challis National Forest grazing allotment near Twin Bridges Creek.
July 24, WS confirmed that wolves killed two lambs on a Boise National Forest grazing allotment in Rainbow Creek. WS has confirmed two other depredations at this site in the past several weeks.
July 25, WS investigated a report that wolves had killed a cow on private land near Stanley. The WS investigator saw two wolves chasing cattle. The carcass was consumed to the point where only a determination of "probable" wolf depredation could be made.
July 25, WS confirmed that wolves killed a 400-pound calf on private land just south of the Pine turn-off from Highway 20.
July 26, WS confirmed that wolves killed two calves and probably another on private land near Mullen Basin by Carey. Six calves are missing at this site.
July 26, WS confirmed that wolves killed three yearling ewes on a Boise National Forest grazing allotment west of Pioneerville.
July 26, WS confirmed that wolves killed a calf on private land on Cottonwood Creek, southeast of Horseshoe Bend. WS noted "probable" wolf depredations on this same property – a calf injured on July 18 and a cow killed on July 23.
July 26, WS confirmed two calves killed near Carlson Lake on a Salmon-Challis National Forest grazing allotment.
July 26, WS confirmed that wolves killed a cow and a calf on private land near Salmon.