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You cannot deny what’s taking place in Idaho concerning the overblown wolf population, or can you? Seems efforts are being exerted to do just that in hopes the wolf lovers and animal rights groups can continue their program of fleecing the public into believing that unmanaged gray wolves in the Idaho, Montana and Wyoming area are good for the ecosystem.

I was emailed an interesting bit of information today. Someone sent along to several people on a mailing list part of a weekly wolf report written by members of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. In 15 days, wolves in Idaho killed a minimum of 34 other animals, most of them private property.

Here is the report as it was sent to me. I am in the process of trying to confirm its accuracy. (I believe WS stands for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and referral to f/w indicates Idaho Department of Fish and Game.)

On Friday, 7/11, WS confirmed that wolves killed a calf on private land near Bear, ID. On 7/16, a WS f/w aircrew shot and killed a gray male wolf about a mile from the depredation site near Bear. Traps are being pulled and control efforts are concluded unless there is another depredation.

On 7/14, WS confirmed that wolf killed a lamb in Rainbow Creek in the Boise National Forest . On 7/23, WS shot and killed an adult, black female wolf near the rainbow creek depredation site.

On 7/14, WS confirmed that a wolf killed a lamb on the Boise National Forest , east of Smith’s Ferry. This is the same area where WS confirmed a depredation on 7/2.

On 7/15, WS confirmed that wolves attacked a cow on private land on Smiley Creek near Stanley .

On 7/15, WS confirmed that wolves killed one calf and probably killed another on a Targhee National Forest allotment on the west side of Bishop Mountain between Ashton and Kilgore. On 7/16, WS caught and killed an adult, gray female wolf.

On 7/18, WS confirmed that at least two wolves killed 3 bucks on private land near Leadore.

On 7/18, an IDFG employee found a carcass of a buck sheep on private land NE of Idaho City while he was looking for wolf killed deer and elk. He believed the sheep was a wolf kill. After consulting with WS, the depredation is being considered a “probable” wolf kill.

On 7/20, WS confirmed that wolves killed a calf and probably killed another calf on private land near Stanley .

On 7/22, WS examined three calves that had bite wounds to their flanks and hind quarters. WS confirmed that injuries were caused by wolves. All three calves should survive. The depredation took place on the same private ranch where WS confirmed another depredation on a calf last week and subsequently removed one male wolf. There are still three pairs of cows/calves missing on this ranch.

On 7/22, WS confirmed that wolves killed 5 Walker hounds and 1 blue tick hound near Bridge Creek in Unit 12 in the Clearwater National Forest . The dogs were owned by three brothers and the wolves killed every dog in the chase.

On 7/24, WS confirmed that wolves killed a calf on a Salmon – Challis National Forest allotment near Twin Bridges Creek.

On 7/24, WS confirmed that wolves killed 2 lambs on a Boise National Forest grazing allotment in Rainbow Creek. This is the same site where WS has confirmed 2 other depredations in the last several weeks.

On 7/25, WS investigated the report that wolves had killed a cow on private land near Stanley , The WS investigator witnessed 2 wolves chasing cattle. The carcass was consumed to the point where only a determination of “probable” wolf depredation could be made.

On 7/25, WS confirmed that wolves killed a 400 lb. calf on private land just south of the Pine turn-off from Highway 20.

On 7/26, WS confirmed that wolves killed 2 calves and probably killed another calf on private land near Mullen Basin over by Carey. There are 6 calves missing at this site.

On 7/26, WS confirmed that wolves killed 3 yearling ewes on a Boise National Forest allotment west of Pioneerville.

On 7/26, WS confirmed that wolves killed a calf on private land on Cottonwood Creek, SE of Horseshoe Bend . WS noted “probable” wolf depredations on this same property on 7/18 with an injured calf and on 7/23 with a cow that was killed.

On 7/26, WS confirmed 2 calves killed near Carlson Lake on a Salmon-Challis National Forest allotment.

On 7/26, WS confirmed that wolves killed a cow and a calf on private land near Salmon.

These are only confirmed kills mind you. For those who don’t know or have been told differently, the majority of kills are NOT confirmed as being that of wolves due to the strict guidelines used in making the determination. Regardless of that nonsense, to put this in a bit of perspective, over the course of one year, this amounts to a projected near 900 kills by this killing machine animal lovers call the gray wolf.

With the recent injunction granted wolf protection groups by Judge Donald Molloy, it appears that wolves will continue to grow unchecked and mismanaged, putting people and their private property in danger. Combine that with the much denied fact that wolves are destroying populations of mule deer and elk and Idaho has a serious problem of which it seems their hands are tied to do anything about. As long as special interest has the upper hand now, due to abuse of the Endangered Species Act and their infiltration into U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as well as state fish and game, science, facts and common sense get flushed down the drain.

Will this foolishness ever stop?

Update – Aug. 1, 2008 8:53 p.m.

I was given a link to find the wolf reports on the Idaho Fish and Game website. The specific information posted above is not yet available on this page but should be soon. You will also find other reports and updates on Idaho’s wolves.

Tom Remington