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Federal trappers exterminate wolf pack

HOWLColorado : NewsA wolf pack blamed for killing sheep has been exterminated by Federal trappers, shooting the wolves from the air.

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

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

Biologists say the pack was comprised of eight adults, but got into trouble this summer in Idaho by preying on sheep at the Idaho Agriculture Experiment Station near the Montana border.

At the time, Idaho officials decided to kill some of the wolves. But Sime says 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.

Associated Press – 10/06/09

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