A farm worker legally shot a rare Eastern Idaho wolf in early May near Victor, Idaho in the Teton Basin near the Wyoming boundary. The 2 - 3 year old wolf was chasing cattle, making the shooting legal under the new 10 j rule issued a year ago. Newpapers played the story that it was the first such incident since Idaho Fish and Game has been managing wolves, but this fact is hardly relevant because shooting a wolf under these conditions requires no permit from any government.
While a number of wolves have now been shot in Idaho and Montana under this rule, the number is small compared to government control killings in the past and even the present. In terms of resources and opinions of farm operators I judge this superior to government paid for control.
It is not known if the wolf was a member of a pack or a loner.
This last winter and this spring the new "Driggs Pack" was identified in eastern Idaho in the Driggs/Victor area. This pack of 5 contained one wolf with an identifiable origin. It was the sole wolf with the radio collar, a disperser of the Jackson Hole, Teton Pack on the other side of the Tetons. In March the pack chewed off the collar and became hard to track.
Since the shooting, Carter Niemeyer retired head of wolf management for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Idaho, now working under contract with Idaho Fish and Game as a field biologist and trapper, spent quite a bit of time in the Teton Basin looking for wolf sign in the many canyons, so to trap and collar a wolf, but he found now. Perhaps the pack has moved on, deeper into Eastern Idaho or back into Wyoming.
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