BILLINGS — Wolves killed more livestock north of Reed Point this week, despite efforts to remove them from the area.
Federal Wildlife Services officials confirmed Tuesday that wolves killed two sheep and injured one ewe and one goat, which were not expected to survive, on a ranch that has lost 20 animals to wolves this fall and winter. The rancher has a state permit to kill one wolf. Both the rancher and federal Wildlife Services officials continue to look for the offending wolf. An aerial search on Wednesday morning was unsuccessful.
Predation north of Reed Point started in early September and continued on two ranches, despite the efforts of herders and guard dogs. Wildlife managers believed two wolves were responsible. In November, the ranchers were issued permits to kill both predators. On Nov. 28, federal Wildlife Services tracked down and killed one of the wolves, but could not find the second animal. The second rancher’s permit expired last week.
To learn more about Montana’s wolf population, visit FWP online at 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 wolf population.