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Wolves kill 176 sheep in Idaho

Wolves kill 176 sheep in Idaho

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Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 10:18 am

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A southeastern Idaho ranch lost 176 sheep as the animals ran in fear from two wolves that chased through a herd of about 2,400 animals south of Victor.

Sheepherders for the Siddoway Sheep Co. heard the wolves at about 1 a.m. Saturday, but didn't know the extent of the damage until they saw the sheep piled up on each other at daybreak.

J.C. Siddoway of Terreton says almost all of the sheep died from asphyxiation. About 10 died of bite wounds and one was partially consumed.

Idaho Wildlife Services State Director Todd Grimm says it's the greatest loss by wolves ever recorded in one instance in the state. About nine years ago, wolves killed 105 sheep on one night.

Grimm says a dozen wolves have been removed from the Pine Creek area this year.

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  • soundsfishytome posted at 10:34 am on Thu, Aug 22, 2013.

    soundsfishytome Posts: 4

    Too bad. I don't care what kind of wolves you are talking about. They are a necessary predator and the only KILLING machine that is going on is the explosive human population and explosion of livestock farms that are being allowed to use public lands, over graze lands and kill animals that they are unwilling to coexist with. If you had 2400 sheep solely to be sent for slaughter, you need more livestock guardian dogs and fencing and a willingness to not ruin land that is there for everyone to use, not just the livestock owner.

  • MrHitt posted at 5:26 am on Thu, Aug 22, 2013.

    MrHitt Posts: 1449

    The timber wolves that were indigenous to the region were about half the size of the Canadian grays that were NOT here first. I learned recently that there were still a few--admittedly very few--left when the gray was INTRODUCED (man meddling in nature, not co-existing as you put it) and wre actually killed off by the grays that were brought in--against their own will by the way. In the east, there has been a marginally successful effort to bring back the red wolf. Although all the red wolves now have at least some coyote in them, the numbers have grown. That's what we should have tried here. But, no, we had people who idolized wolves as "majestic creatures", and brought in these giant killing machines (they hunt moose in Canada and Alaska, what chance does a herd of sheep have?) and they have slaughtered untold nubers of pregnant does and cow elk just to get at that yummy fetus. And it is appalling that some are on the side of these monsters.

  • soundsfishytome posted at 9:23 pm on Wed, Aug 21, 2013.

    soundsfishytome Posts: 4

    Wolves know no state or country boundaries and that is why it is a national issue. Predator and prey population vary depending on the climate changes and disease and how much hunting is going on. Predator and prey have worked things out just fine with nature's cycles until we came along. A lower prey population has nothing to do with its natural predator, the wolf or grizzly or mountain lion but has everything to do with the explosive human population and lack of regard by some people to coexist with wildlife.

  • edavis101 posted at 4:42 pm on Wed, Aug 21, 2013.

    edavis101 Posts: 243

    Who told you these wolves were here first????? These wolves, imported from Canada, are far from the indigenous wolf that once roamed the Rocky Mountains. The Canadian Grey Wolf as about twice the size of what were indigenous wolves to Idaho.

    Please get your facts straight. Tell me why I never see elk or deer now in the Bear or Cuprum area??? They were plentiful, not 15 years ago, then the wolf pack formed. I challenge you to find the wildlife, today, that we had before the wolf introduction. You Can't.

  • soundsfishytome posted at 11:33 am on Wed, Aug 21, 2013.

    soundsfishytome Posts: 4

    I read one article where they said they only had four livestock guardian dogs for 2400 sheep? Again. This is if any of the story is true. If you had 2400 sheep, you would not only have four dogs to protect them and again, there's fencing and again, the wolves were here first and again, why kill wolf pups unless you really just meant to get rid of wolves no matter what. Survival of the fittest. Well, the sheep were going to slaughter right? The way some wildlife are treated, I wouldn't put it past some people to do anything to get rid of wolves.

  • Hubert posted at 8:36 am on Wed, Aug 21, 2013.

    Hubert Posts: 542

    Someday you will be part of a Darwin report

  • soundsfishytome posted at 9:20 pm on Tue, Aug 20, 2013.

    soundsfishytome Posts: 4

    I don't believe it. In another article they said they killed wolf pups because of this supposed killing of sheep. Why would you kill wolf pups? This whole story sounds like someone who wants to kill off wolves and think of a way to justify it. If you actually had livestock guardian dogs protecting this wouldn't have happened and there is fencing too that you can use. Again. If this story was actually true and I doubt very much that it is, why would you kill wolf pups? God, I wish the livestock owners would coexist with wildlife. Really. Leave the wolves alone and stop being so selfish.

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