Remaining unchecked and unmanaged, the wolves in Idaho continue their slaughter of personal property livestock, according to the latest Wolf Update from the website of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

From July 28 to August 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services documented 24 confirmed wolf depredations and five probable wolf depredations on livestock. The federal agents confirmed that wolves killed 77 sheep, four adult cows and seven calves and injured another six sheep and determined that another 11 sheep, seven calves and a guard dog were probable wolf depredations. During the reporting period, WS killed 11 wolves and captured and released six wolves, five of which were radio -collared. During the same time frame in 2007, WS documented eight confirmed wolf depredations and one probable wolf depredation.

Last month, Judge Donald Molloy, issued a temporary injunction that immediately placed the gray wolf in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and parts of Utah, Oregon and Washington, back under protection of the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is trying to determine their legal options I have been told.

Tom Remington