First day of trapping yields 2 wolves


The actual trapping of the next, and probably final batch of wolves,
for Yellowstone and central Idaho began on Tuesday, Jan. 16 near
Fort St. John in NE British Columbia.

Only two male wolves were captured on the first day. The helicopter
crews who dart the wolves found conditions difficult. Temperatures
were near -40 F. and there was five feet of snow. Sharon Rose, U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service spokesperson, was reported as saying they had
hoped spotting wolves would be easier this year in the flat countryside
around Fort St. John. However, the tracks of numerous other large
mammals made it hard to spot wolf tracks. She said the deep snow made
it easy to hit a wolf with a tranquilizer dart once one was spotted,
but the deep snow made it hard to find a good landing spot. After landing,
a lengthy snowshoe trip was required to reach the tranquilized wolves.

Trappers hope to capture at least 38 wolves. Twenty-nine were captured
last winter in Alberta. Fifteen were released in central Idaho. Fourteen
were released in Yellowstone after being held in enclosures for about
three months.

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Ralph Maughan
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