BILLINGS - The Rosebud wolf pack, which roams the Beartooth Front between Fiddler and Red Lodge creeks, has been implicated in the killing of a yearling heifer on a Fishtail-area ranch.
The kill was confirmed by Wildlife Services on Monday. Agency officials have set leg-hold traps to capture any wolves that return to the kill site, said John Steuber, state director of Wildlife Services.
The pack is comprised of a female alpha, a yearling and four pups, said Abby Nelson, the Region 3 wolf management specialist for Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Despite the incidents, Steuber said the number of livestock losses to wolves was down across the state last year for the second year in a row.
The Rosebud pack lives farther east than other wolf packs in the state. Their closest rival is to the west, the Baker Mountain pack, which roams the upper Boulder River drainage.