Ridge Wolf Pack Continued...
Buffalo Ridge's home range puts them next to the state's largest mine, the
Thompson Creek Molybdenum Mine. The mine leases out its lands along
Squaw Creek to a rancher who brings in cows and calves in April and May.
Cows and calves on
private land in Squaw Creek.
Pro-active efforts to keep wolves and calves apart
The wolves have coexisted with cattle in Squaw Creek There's been only one
confirmed wolf depredation on a calf here in six years because of strong cooperative efforts among the
rancher, federal wolf managers, Defenders of Wildlife and Wolf Recovery
Foundation. Pro-active measures have included installing fladry (strips of
nylon attached to nylon rope that is erected around pastures) and RAG
(radio active guard) boxes that emit loud sounds and set off a strobe
light when collared wolves come near. Also, delaying onset of grazing when
the wolves are denned nearby or using pastures farthest away from the den.
Delaying cattle presence allows time for the wolves to move their pups to
a rendezvous site deeper into the mountains.
Fladry deters wolves
from crossing into cattle pastures.
May 17, 2005 Update on Buffalo Ridge Pack and nearby central Idaho
By Ken Cole Copyright 2005
TO VIEW THE ORIGINAL STORY GO TO:
Introduction by Ralph Maughan: "There are so
many Idaho wolf packs now, it is hard to keep up on the news, but
thanks to Ken Cole, who lives in the Clayton, Idaho area, here is an
update on the packs in the Salmon River Canyon area between Stanley
and Challis. In years past the Buffalo Ridge Pack has been Idaho's
most easily visible pack."
"Turbo-fladry" at the
The Buffalo Ridge Pack
near Clayton, Idaho appears to have denned, making this the fourth
consecutive year of denning for this pack. When alpha female B95F was
seen last week she was lactating.
There is a new black
wolf with this pack, B196M from the Morgan Creek Pack. He joined the
pack in February. This is confusing to many because it puts in doubt
the status of B93M, the alpha male, who was seen last spring with a
severe limp of the left front leg and being dominated by another wolf
of unknown origin. B93M seemed to spend a lot of time away from the
rest of the pack last spring but recent reports have indicated that he
has lost his limp and joining the rest of the pack in hunting forays.
These wolves have been
much less visible than last year when they frequented the meadows
along Squaw Creek, which are owned by Thompson Creek Mine. Another
reason that the wolves were so visible last year was due to the
steelhead pond operated by the IDFG at which they would catch
steelhead smolts when the water was low. This year however an
experiment with "turbo-fladry" around the pond was being conducted. It
seems to have kept the wolves less interested in sushi. Turbo-fladry
is a short, electrified fence with red flagging that waves in the
Read the rest of the
Thanks to Ken and Ralph for this story and
Buffalo Ridge Story & Photos Continue...
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