A domestic calf was found dead and consumed on private land in the Madison Valley. USDA Wildlife Services investigated the incident on Apr. 25 and determined it was a probable wolf depredation.
A signal from a radio-collared wolf in the Cougar 2 Pack was heard in the vicinity. The pack has been in the area for most of the winter and spring.
No control action will be taken at this time because the carcass was too consumed to confirm that it was a wolf depredation. FWP personnel will monitor for wolf activity in the area.
On Mar. 28, 2008, the Northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf population was removed from the federal Endangered Species list. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is now the lead agency for wolf conservation and management in Montana on non-tribal lands.
Under Montana’s Wolf Management Plan, wolves are classified as “a species in need of management” and can only be legally killed during an official hunting or trapping season, if the wolf is killing or threatening to kill pets or livestock, or to protect human life.
To learn more about Montana’s recovered wolf population, visit FWP online at www.fwp.mt.gov/wildthings/wolf, where visitors can also tell FWP when they see wolves or wolf sign. The information helps to verify the activity, distribution, and pack size of Montana’s recovered wolf population.