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How far have the wolves spred?

Hiker, damage payments are made for ALL predator kills and damage to livestock, except for coyote. Those are the ranchers' problem, since they are not protected.

Its a big pain for ranchers to apply for damage payments, since a government agent must visit the property and confirm that the animal(s) were indeed killed by a predator other than a coyote. Sometimes it can be hard to tell for sure.

Don, you're exactly right. All predators do what they naturally do! I don't believe Colorado has large enough tracts of land to support wolves plus mountain lion and bear, and co-exist with ranchers. Though wolves would probably help the over population problems temporarily in Rocky Mountain National Park, they would never stay there permanently and would eventually spread out. They've already moved down from Wyoming, and I would bet its from the packs introduced into Yellowstone.

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How far have the wolves spred?

They're in Washington state and Oregon and as we speak, I read somewhere, they are being introduced to Arizona.

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... from Hiker's list ... Payette and Weiser Idaho ... are at the fringe of the main population center of Idaho ... and, are FAR from what would probably deem wolf country. Payette is farmland basically. Weiser is farm and ranch land. As I have said on other strings - the best solution is for the predator to have a predator. Then things can come back into balance. Wolves that are too bold, or too stupid, are thinned from the population. The rest take their respectful place in the overall scheme of things.

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They've already moved down from Wyoming, and I would bet its from the packs introduced into Yellowstone.

Cowgal, you are right. The one that was killed on I-70 by Idaho Springs was from Yellowstone too.

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Payette and Weiser Idaho ... are at the fringe of the main population center of Idaho ... and, are FAR from what would probably deem wolf country.

Serious Hunter, I'm glad you noticed that.

Don, Good post and you are right about them being in OR., matter of fact Weiser, ID has had Wolf problems for some time now and that's right on the OR. border.

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Wow!!!!

Friday, June 23, 2006
Wolf found in South Dakota
STURGIS, S.D. South Dakota wildlife officials report a wolf carcass has been found in an interstate highway ditch near the Black Hills National Cemetery.

An official of South Dakota's Game, Fish and Parks Department says the animal may have come from a group of wolves that were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park.

The last time a wolf was found in South Dakota was five years ago.

About one-thousand wolves in 140 packs live in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming -- steadily increasing since being reintroduced in Yellowstone and central Idaho in 1995 and 1996.

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This story will raise the hair on the back of your neck. My husband and I recently moved to this area and we live 15 miles from Grangeville, (as the crow flys) west of the Salmon River. The wolves haven't crossed the River, YET, But it's just a matter of time.

Yep to....SSS.

http://www.clearwaterprogress.com/wolf%20attack.htm

Warning: Graphic photos.

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I have heard otherwise regarding having crossed west of the Salmon.

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You may be correct, SH. We haven't heard any reports, though.

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You're probably already surrounded. If the animals around start acting strange, or suddenly disappear, keep a good lookout. I live up in Moscow. They have been sighted on all four sides of town now.

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I'm not so certain, SH. Both the Clearwater and Salmon Rivers run between Moscow and the Cottonwood area.
Not to mention that the mighty Snake River that run south of us, about 10 miles away.

We live UP on the Joseph Plains, about 4,500' above Sea level.
Gorgeous country where our deer and elk populations appear healthy.

We only run a handful of steers and horses on 100 fenced acres, but there are a couple of Cattle Ranchers that run literally Thousands of head all over this mountain. It'll be interesting to hear the Loss report this Fall.

Not trying to be argumentative... maybe just lulling myself into a false sense of securiy, lol! ;-)

I'll keep your suggestion in mind, though. I'm looking down on our pasture and all of the horses are sacked out, so that's a good thing!

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