Sunday, June 5, 2011

Wolf packs kill 4 calves on Montana ranches, 1 wolf killed

HELENA, Mont. — Officials say two wolf attacks on private ranches south of Butte and another attack at a private ranch west of Helena has resulted in the deaths of four calves and one of the wolves.
Nathan Lance of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks tells the Montana Standard in a story published Saturday that the attacks took place on ranches near Dell, Polaris and Avon.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service killed one wolf from the Bannack pack believed to have attacked and killed a calf west of Dillon. The pack has three wolves remaining.
Officials say wolves killed two calves on a ranch near Avon. Federal trappers have been authorized to shoot any wolves spotted on the ranch.
Trappers are also authorized to shoot one wolf near Dell.