Pass Creek Story
In May, the
wolves were blamed for killing an 800-pound steer near Jimmy Smith Lake.
Traps were set by Wildlife Services and B317 was caught near a cow
pasture. It was discovered that since she had been re-collared in
February, she had somehow received serious injuries. Her injuries were
likely the reason she had not left the East Fork lowlands. She was
euthanized. It's unknown what became of her pups.
Jimmy Smith Lake in May. Cattle graze and trail through this area,
which is public land.
Then, IDFG reported in
late Spring, that Pass Creek female B297, had been illegally killed during
the winter by an unknown person.
In early summer, the end
came violently for the remaining five Pass Creek wolves. Because of more
problems with cattle, the entire pack had been ordered killed by IDFG. The
wolves were caught in the open on a spectacular June day, high on a ridge
in the White Clouds, and were shot by a gunner from a Wildlife Services'
Despite living in some
of the wildest and most elk-filled country in the West, the Pass Creek
Pack did not survive. They were entangled in the same deadly web of
livestock and ranchers that also caused the demise of the White Cloud and
Whitehawk Packs. Under the current federal 10(j) Rule that governs wolf
management, there does not have to be proactive, non-lethal actions taken
to try and scare away wolves, or to take steps to better protect
livestock. It is illegal to bait wolves.
Read more about the East Fork Salmon and view photos:
Stanley and White Cloud Packs
End of Pass Creek Story & Photos
Pass Creek Pack 2005 - 2008