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Galena Pack Story Continued...

ABOUT THE STANLEY AND WHITE CLOUD PACKS

Stanley Pack - The pack suffered from agency control actions throughout the 2000 grazing season and disintegrated in the fall of 2000. The alphas, B23 and B27, left the Sawtooth area and both were killed by the following Spring.

White Cloud Pack - In April 2000, five of the White Cloud pack were killed in the East Fork of the Salmon River, in what came to be known as "the Easter week shootout". A few weeks before, the pack's alpha female, B36, who been nearly ready to whelp her pups, was relocated along with her mate and two yearlings, about 80 miles away. Her remaining five yearlings were left behind to fend for themselves. The alpha male returned to the East Fork. He was to be shot along with four of his off-spring by a gunner from a WS helicopter on Good Friday. One yearling escaped the massacre.

The loss of the White Cloud Pack, was taken hard by wolf supporters, but until the stranglehold of the livestock industry in places like the East Fork is diminished, wolves are at great risk. B36 and the White Cloud wolves were the focus of a 2003 award-winning film: The Cost of Freedom by Vanessa Schultz.

A dead calf from natural causes in the East Fork, February 2008.

PHOTO: A dead calf from natural causes in the East Fork, February 2008.


One reason wolves are attracted to the East Fork of the Salmon River is that some calves will die from natural causes. The calf shown in the photo was tossed out along the East Fork Salmon River road along with several others, attracting wolves who fed on the carcass.
 

East Fork Salmon River, February 2008 - Calves that had died in the hard winter and were left beside the road, are loaded onto a rancher's flatbed wagon, to be taken somewhere for disposal.

PHOTO: East Fork Salmon River, February 2008 - Calves that had died in the hard winter and were left beside the road, are loaded onto a rancher's flatbed wagon, to be taken somewhere for disposal. Wolves and other predators had fed upon the carcasses. With this type of livestock "husbandry", it's not surprising that wolf packs get into trouble in places like the East Fork Salmon.



 


End of Galena Story & Photos
The Galena Pack
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