State issues kill order for Grouse Flats wolves
Pack attacked livestock twice in last 30 days
Last updated 9/26/2019 at 12:03pm
POMEROY – A kill order has been issued for wolves in the Grouse Flats pack following repeated attacks on cattle.
State Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind authorized killing wolves in the pack this morning, Sept. 24.
The order goes into effect eight court hours after issuance, officials said, noting state sharpshooters will use "humane lethal removal methods consistent with state and federal laws."
State officials say the Grouse Flats pack is responsible for at least two cattle attacks in the last 30 days and four in the last 10 months.
The attacks occurred despite ranchers' efforts to minimize depredations by using range riders and removing sick or injured cows from grazing areas, officials said. Ranchers have also installed fox lights and moved cattle to smaller fenced areas.
The attacks have occurred on public and private land, officials said.