BUTTE, Mont. (AP) -- A Big Hole Valley wolf pack blamed for repeated attacks and kills of livestock is on the brink of elimination.

Montana wildlife officials have approved plans to wipe out the Miner Lakes Pack. The decision was made after officials determined wolves from the packs had attacked livestock again earlier this month, the fourth time the pack has gotten into trouble.

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Wolf Program Coordinator Carolyn Sime says the pack has simply not improved its behavior, despite previous attempts to alter behavior and thin its numbers.

Biologists once estimated the pack at 15 wolves. But hunters bagged three this fall, and federal trappers killed five more after the state's first public wolf hunting season ended.

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Information from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com

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