Friday, May 12, 2006

Idaho ranch worker shoots wolf chasing calves

Associated Press

VICTOR, Idaho -- Officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and game say a ranch worker who shot a wolf earlier this week acted within the law. The rancher reported that the two- to three-year-old wolf was chasing cattle when it was shot Monday near the southeastern town of Victor.

It's the first case in the region of a rancher killing a wolf after the state took over day-to-day management of the wolves from the federal government in January.

Fish and Game conservation officer Doug Peterson investigated the shooting. Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declined to participate in a follow-up investigation. The name of the rancher and ranch worker have not being released.


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