Eighteen sheep dead
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
August 21, 2007
Federal wildlife officials are investigating the death of 18 sheep on a Bridger-Teton National Forest grazing allotment.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on August 15, USDA Wildlife Services personnel rode into to remote sheep grazing allotment in the Wyoming Range near LaBarge, to investigate 18 dead sheep that were suspected wolf kills.
FWS noted that a pair of wolves were in the area last year. One of the wolves was an older female wolf that got caught in a coyote trap last winter. The drag didn't hold and escaped with the trap. The wolf was later euthanized because of foot damage. The other wolf apparently remained in the area where the sheep depredations occurred.
Wolf control efforts are pending results of the current investigation to the sheep deaths.