USDA Wildlife Services killed the five remaining members of the Willow Creek wolf pack near Hall this week after a history of livestock depredations in the area.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) authorized the pack removal on Aug. 23 after Wildlife Services confirmed wolves killed a calf on private land. The pack had a history of livestock depredations in the area, beginning in April 2008, when wolves killed a calf near Hall.
A single wolf, possibly a member of the pack, killed a lamb later in April, and another calf was confirmed killed by wolves on Aug. 14.
In response to earlier depredations and continued wolf presence near livestock, FWP authorized incremental lethal removals of wolves and worked with landowners and grazing allotment permittees to reduce depredation risks and monitor the area for wolves.
Despite these efforts, the depredations became habitual, and FWP requested Wildlife Services to remove the rest of the pack.
To learn more about Montana’s wolf population, visit FWP online at fwp.mt.gov. Click Montana Wolves, 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 wolf population.-fwp-