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Wolves Killed Near Philipsburg in Response to Livestock Depredation

Monday, September 29, 2008

Headlines - Region 2

USDA Wildlife Services killed two wolves southwest of Philipsburg on Sept. 22 in response to a confirmed livestock depredation and continued wolf presence in the area.

On Sept. 19, Wildlife Services confirmed a calf was injured by wolves on private land in the Philipsburg area. The calf had to be euthanized as a result of injuries sustained in the incident.

Wolves from the Skalkaho pack, believed responsible for the depredation, continued to remain in the area, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks authorized the lethal removal of two wolves. Wildlife Services killed two adult male wolves on Sept. 22.

After the lethal removal was complete, an additional injured calf was found on private land and was euthanized as a result of its injuries.  Wildlife Services confirmed the calf was injured by wolves in an incident that may have occurred prior to the first confirmed depredation.

FWP is closely monitoring the situation and working with area landowners to explore options on how to best reduce future depredation risks.

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.

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