DRIGGS, Idaho — Officials with U.S. Wildlife Services say 119 lambs and 57 ewes were killed early Aug. 17 after a wolf attack spurred the livestock to stampede into a ravine, where many of them suffocated beneath the weight of other animals.
The sheep were owned by Jeff Siddoway, a Terreton rancher who also serves as a state senator and is no stranger to wolf depredation.
The attack happened in the Fog Hill allotment of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest near Driggs, about 2 miles from where the Pine Creek wolf pack was involved with another depredation just a month ago, said Dustin Miller, who heads Idaho's Office of Species Conservation.
Miller said Wildlife Services confirmed on Sunday the deaths were a result of wolves. Miller said it could be a long time before the Siddoway family is compensated for the losses. Federal funding for Fiscal Year 2012 wolf losses has only recently become available, and Miller said the $80,000 is insufficient to cover the full market value of losses during the fiscal year.