5 Feb 2010, 12:47am
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Multiple livestock attacks prompt removal of predators

By Nick Gevock, The Montana Standard, 02/02/2010 [here]

State wildlife officials have authorized another Big Hole Valley wolf pack to be wiped out after it repeatedly attacked cattle west of Wisdom.

Officials with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks moved to have the remaining one or two members of the Bender Pack to be killed by federal trappers. Last week trappers confirmed that the pack had killed a calf on a private ranch west of Wisdom.

The pack had already attacked and killed a calf on a different ranch nearby earlier in the month, prompting FWP to authorize that one wolf be removed. Trappers did that but the pack again got into trouble.

“This is the second confirmed depredation and it’s consisted of two different ranches,” said Nathan Lance, FWP wolf biologist in Butte.

The Bender pack formed last year when a wolf from the Bitterroot migrated into the Big Hole Valley and met up with a wolf from the Sapphire Mountains, Lance said. Hunters killed two wolves from the pack this season in Montana’s first ever statewide wolf hunt.

In addition, trappers killed one wolf from the pack in early December when the wolves were caught harassing cattle. Lance said the final decision to wipe out the pack came after the standard, incremental approach to dealing with problem wolves proved ineffective.



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