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Galena Pack Story Continued...

Galena escaped a catastrophe in the grazing season of 2008. But, unless something changes before June 2009, the Galena Pack may meet the same fate as the three preceding Sawtooth Valley packs. Under current law, the ranchers do not have to protect their animals from wolves. When wolves are accused of killing livestock, Wildlife Services -- the well-funded federal agency with a deceiving name -- appears. The investigation reports by WS on a dead cow or sheep, is what IDFG basis its decision to order lethal control on wolves. The use of pro-active, non-lethal methods is no longer required. Not even on the SNRA where wildlife is supposed to be given some protection.

Sawtooth Valley from Galena Pass. By November, when snow starts to stick, all of the sheep and most of the cattle have left the mountains.

PHOTO: Sawtooth Valley from Galena Pass. By November, when snow starts to stick, all of the sheep and most of the cattle have left the mountains.


Sawtooth Valley compared to the Lamar Valley? Many of the two-million annual visitors to the SNRA would like the opportunity to see wolves and the Sawtooth Valley could be the Lamar Valley of Idaho. But, it won't be, as long as the landscape is dominated by cattle and sheep and a handful of ranchers.
 

 


Galena Story & Photos Continue...
The Galena Pack
 PART 1>   PART 2  PART 3  PART 4 PART 5 PART 6 PART 7 PART 8 PART 9   PART 10>   PART 11>
 

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