Idaho wolf kills domestic elk
Wolf steals blaze orange road cone
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
June 6, 2007
According to a press release from the Idaho Fish and Game Department, during the last week in May, an elk rancher reported to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services that a wolf had gotten inside a domestic elk pen south of Tendoy in eastern Idaho and killed an elk.
The federal 10(j) rule of the Endangered Species Act, however, does not consider domestic elk and deer as livestock, and officials initiated no response. The individual was told that shooting at the wolf was illegal. But he would have to chase the wolf out of the pen using nonlethal methods, because no wild animal, especially a listed species, can be held in captivity.
Other Idaho Wolf News
- Wolf steals blaze orange highway cone: Idaho Fish and Game wolf biologist Michael Lucid and his crew of helpers were trying to capture and collar a wolf in the Timberline pack recently, they saw a wolf run across the road carrying a blaze orange highway cone. They did not speculate why the wolf might have been carrying the cone.
- Idaho has at least 72 wolf packs: By the end of 2006, at least 673 wolves lived in Idaho in 72 packs. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers the wolf recovered in the northern Rocky Mountains and has started the process to remove the wolf from the endangered species list.
- Idaho plans for proposed hunting season for wolves: Idaho Fish and Game officials are working on plans for proposed hunting seasons for wolves, pending their removal from the endangered species list.