The control action was carried out July 20 by agents of the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Wildlife Services.
The wolves were confirmed to have killed more than 100 sheep belonging to one rancher. Two additional wolf packs, Partridge and
The Cook pack depredations began in early July and subsequently were confirmed to be caused by wolves. The rancher and herders tried to ward off the wolves, but were unsuccessful. The use of guard dogs, light and siren scare devices and other tactics also was unsuccessful.
?Non-lethal methods were tried, but they didn?t work and the wolves continued to kill sheep,? said Carter Niemeyer, the Service?s wolf recovery coordinator for
Under Service policy, non-lethal methods to control chronically depredating wolves are attempted before lethal control is authorized.
A total of 35 wolves were reintroduced to the central
Earlier this year the Service authorized the killing of three wolves for preying on sheep and calves near Bennett Mountain, Idaho.