Jackson wolves may have mange
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
February 23, 2009
The U.S. FIsh and Wildlife Service reports that February 11-13, FWS biologists aerial darted and radio collard 15 wolves in three packs near Jackson. All 5 wolves collared in the Antelope Pack had significant hair loss and skin irritation, indicating they were possibly infected with mange. None of the captured wolves from the other two packs displayed signs on mange. FWS will continue routine winter capture and collaring efforts in Wyoming until the end of March.
On February 18, USDA Wildlife Services investigated two dead calves found on private property south of Casper. Both calves died from causes other than predation. Based on numerous reports, FWS believes that two or more wolves have settled in the area. Wildlife Services will set traps in an effort to radio collar a wolf.