Gray wolves threaten Cassia County, wildlife officials say.
Although wolves don’t inhabit the southern region of Snake River, the farmers from Cassia County said they saw one last fall.
Biologists from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game justify these appearances as possible searches for mates, but they stated there is no evidence of a set up pack. The documented pack in the neighborhood is located in Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area, near Idaho Falls. Other documented wolves packs are located in Sawtooth National Forest.
“Wolves are dispersal. We don’t know of any packs in the region that are established, but it’s possible,” claimed Jim Hayden, a biologist.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game has monitored the wolf’s population in the state for many years but now, using new methods of tracking, they may confirm what people in the area believe: the presence of a great number of wolves in Cassia County.
Jeff Bailey, the owner of a shop in town, recalled how he encountered what he believed to be a wolf while he was heading the shop. The man stated the wolf was big and gray and that it was for the first time when he saw one, although he could hear wolves howling in the woods on a daily basis.
Apart from Bailey, many other residents spotted wolves. Tom Grady, a rancher from Albion, wanted to take a picture of the animal, but it ran away behind trees. Approximately 3 years ago, Grady found an injured cow and a devoured calf in his yard. Immediately after the incident, the man announced the U.S. Forest Service, who put the blame on a coyote.
People seeing wolves are encouraged to call the Idaho Fish and Game Regional Office. Hayden stated that the interaction between a wolf and a human being is rare. The wolf’s reaction in this case varies. While some may not pay attention to people, other can see human beings as a prey and attack them. That’s why people are encouraged to keep an eye contact and to avoid sudden movements.
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