143 sheep killed fleeing from wolves in southwestern Idaho

Sunday, June 12, 2022

6.2.22 - BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ An attack by two wolves panicked a flock of sheep and 143 died after they ran into a steep gully where they were crushed and suffocated, Idaho wildlife officials said Thursday.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services each confirmed the sheep deaths in mid-May in southwestern Idaho in foothills near Boise.

The foothills north of the city are popular for recreation such as mountain biking and hiking, and also have deer, elk and large predators such as bears, mountain lions and wolves. Wildlife Services typically kills five to 14 wolves annually in the foothills in response to livestock depredation.

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