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13 from packs north of Helena killed already this year for depredation

In June, 13 wolves from two packs roaming on ranches just north of Helena were shot and killed for ongoing livestock depredation.The wolves in the Granite Butte and Canyon Creek packs were more than one-quarter of the 45 wolves killed so far this year by agents with Wildlife Services, a division of the federal Department of Agriculture. The total removal of the seven-member Canyon Creek Pack, and the killing of six — about half — of the Granite Butte Pack, plus the collaring of one female came after the wolves killed livestock last year, then struck again in May.

“Granite Butte is still an existing pack west of Canyon Creek; they tend to go up and over the Continental Divide,” said Nathan Lance, a wolf specialist with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. “There are still some adults and pups in the pack.”

John Steuber, the Wildlife Service director in Montana, said north of Helena is one of about four places in Montana where wolves regularly get in trouble for harassing and/or killing livestock, mainly on private property…

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