18 Mar 2010, 10:14pm
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Almost 40 wolves live in Fremont County

Area wolves killed 107 domestic animals last year

By ELIZABETH LADEN, Island Park News, March 18, 2010 [here]

ISLAND PARK — Five wolf packs were documented in Fremont County in 2009, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report released Thursday, March 11. These are the Henry’s Lake, Bishop Mountain, Fogg Butte, Biscuit Basin, and Bitch Creek packs. The total number of wolves counted in these packs was 29 adults, eight pups. They are in the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s (IDFG) Upper Snake wolf management unit.

The Bitch Creek and Fogg Butte packs contained a confirmed breeding pair in 2009, according to the report. The Henry’s Lake pack had at least six wolves. The Bishop Mountain pack had at least five adults and at least one pup. The Fogg Butte pack count was at least seven adults and three pups; Biscuit Basin had at least four adults and two pups, and Bitch Creek had at least seven adults and two pups.

The report lists the management unit’s confirmed wolfcaused livestock losses as four cattle, 97 sheep, one goat, and five dogs. IDFG took out six wolves in control actions, hunters killed five, and three others are listed as “human-related deaths,” which includes road kills.

The report states that the Northern Rockies wolf population rose last year, but at the slowest rate in nearly 15 years. At least 1,706 wolves were living in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and parts of Oregon and Washington in 2009, compared to at least 1,650 wolves the year before. The number of breeding packs increased from 95 to 115.

The population estimates are included in the 2009 Interagency Annual Wolf Report, compiled by state and federal governments and Native American tribes.

The report attributed agency control, new hunting seasons in Idaho and Montana, and the wolves’ territorial behavior in slowing the population growth to less than 4 percent last year, the lowest growth rate since 1995.

Until 2009, the wolf population had been on an upward trend, at times increasing 30 percent in a single year. … [more]

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