26 Jul 2010, 2:35pm
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Utah Department of Agriculture & Food chief: Return of wolves could be a problem

KSL, July 26th, 2010 [here]

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Recent attacks on Utah sheep and cattle herds show the kinds of conflicts that could arise if the wolf population increases in the Beehive State, a state official said.

Utah’s mountains aren’t secluded enough to prevent conflicts if wolves return in large numbers, Department of Agriculture and Food Commissioner Leonard Blackham said.

Mike Linnell, Utah director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlife services, said a ranch herder in southern Idaho killed a wolf that earlier had attacked livestock in northern Utah’s Cache County. A report that the wolf was shot in Utah was incorrect.

Linnell also said wildlife agents trapped and destroyed a wolf in Rich County in northern Utah on Saturday. It had preyed on calves in the area.

Dennis Wright, of Coalville, said he found two calf carcasses about two weeks ago in Summit County. He said state wildlife agents confirmed that the predator was a wolf.

“People don’t understand how they kill,” Wright said. “They’ll hamstring an animal. They’ll cut both hamstrings on an animal.” … [more]

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