Wolf attacks Forest Service horse
by Bridger-Teton National Forest press release
June 12, 2010
An incident occurred at the Blackrock Ranger Station on the Buffalo Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest Thursday June 10 where a wolf attacked one of the Forest Service’s horse stock. According to Acting District Ranger Ray Spencer, the horse was either spooked by a wolf and ran across a cattle guard or was being attacked by the wolf when it ran across the cattle guard. The horse was put down due to the nature of its wounds.
Forest Officials met with The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to determine the best course of action. Since the State of Wyoming does not currently have a signed Wolf Management Plan, the two agencies made a joint decision not to destroy the wolf at this time. Wildlife biologists believe the problem will resolve itself as the elk transition towards their summer range and cause the wolves to move up out of the lower elevations. If a problem persists, the USFWS will reconsider management options.