Wolves shot after attacks on sheep

BUTTE, Mont., (AP) -- Federal trappers say they have eliminated the remaining members of a wolf pack that roamed the Centennial Valley and was blamed for attacking sheep and cattle in Montana and Idaho.

Carolyn Sime, wolf program coordinator for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, said trappers shot and killed the last four wolves of the Sage Creek pack last week.

Biologists said the pack was comprised of eight adults.

This summer it preyed on sheep at the Idaho Agriculture Experiment Station near the Montana border. At the time, Idaho officials decided to kill some of the wolves.

Sime said Montana officials decided to act when the pack crossed back into Montana and attacked sheep again.

Sime says trappers shot the remaining animals from the air.

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

Copyright 2009 The AP.

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