Wolves B7M and B11F have been captured in the Big Hole Valley of Montana, close to the Idaho border, and have been brought to an acclimation pen inside Yellowstone Park.
Folks might want to review my Dec. 6 article "Idaho Wolf Update" for information about the efforts to capture this pair of wolves.
Idaho wolves are designated "B" and Yellowstone wolves by an "R". No. B11 has been one of the most visible wolves in Idaho and also one of the most traveled. She is also one of the few wolves to have a name. Idaho school children named her "Blackfire" at the time of her introduction in January 1995. In 1995 she was seen numerous times near (and even in the outskirts) of the town of Salmon, Idaho. She early discovered the Big Hole Mountains and Valley on the Idaho/Montana border. Last winter she paired with B7 deep inside the wilderness near Blue Joint Meadows on the Idaho/Montana border.
Last May it was believed that B7 and B11 had borne pups, thus originating the "Big Hole Pack." However, this proved untrue. This fall after spending 1 1/2 years near cattle, one, or both, of the pair killed a heifer in the Blue Hole Valley. Efforts to capture them began, but only B11 was captured. She was relocated far away, but soon made her way 180 miles back to join her mate.
I don't have the details on the capture or plans for the pair yet.
Here is a previous article from the Idaho Falls Post Register on the 1995 travels of B11F.
Details will follow as they become available.
© 1996 Ralph Maughan
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