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Sheep Attacked & Killed By Pack Of Wolves In Wood County Wisconsin

A farm in central Wisconsin has lost most of it’s livestock due to a vicious attack. Consequently, a pack of wild wolves attacked and killed 12 sheep late Monday.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reporting that the sheep were from a farm in the town of Hansen. An investigator with the USDA sent to the farm, determined that the sheep were attacked by a pack of wolves.

Only one sheep survived the attack, other smaller animals on the farm were also injured. Wildlife biologist with the USDA Dan Hirchert said that the farmer would receive compensation for the lost sheep.

Due to the fact that wolves are considered endangered species, farmers are not allowed to kill a wolf to protect property or livestock. They are instructed to contact the USDA regarding losses. In fact, the only time a person or farmer can kill a wolf is to protect human life.

Considered Endangered Species

Earlier this year over 40 sheep were attacked and killed by wolves in Pierce County, Wisconsin. Just two weeks ago two Mexican wolf pups that were in a Kansas zoo were released into the wild.

A male pup zoo officials named ‘Traveler,’ and a female pup named ‘Jaunt’ were set free in Arizona. The wolf pups were born at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas.

The pups were two weeks old when they joined the litter of a mother born in the wild. Mexican wolves are categorized as the most endangered of all wolves. There are currently only 150 of them world-wide.

The Mexican Wolf is native to the Southwestern States of Arizona and New Mexico, also Chihuahua, Mexico. The Sedgwick Zoo in concert with the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service is observing the wild pack the zoo is fostering.

Plans In Place In Idaho To Kill Predator Wolves

The laws in Idaho are currently different from the laws in Wisconsin. In Wisconsin it is illegal to kill a wolf to protect property or livestock.

In Idaho the same set of laws do not apply. Furthermore, there is a plan that was set in motion in June of 2019, that would allow farmers and others to kill wolves and other animals viewed as predators to livestock.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is weighing in on this Idaho plan, and will release their findings as they monitor the situation. Kirk Gustad of the USDA, said that the department will wait to see how the plan plays out, and request public commentary. Gustad is the project manager of the Idaho plan, and the public will be submitting comments until July 10th.

A federal judge last year ordered the entire ‘intent to kill in Idaho’ be reviewed. The judge is trying to determine if any environmental laws have been broken in Idaho. Furthermore, In legal filings, the judge stated that there were no explanation for the killing of mountain lions, coyotes, bears and other predators.

Reference

https://www.apnews.com/815ac96074ab4eeb8f1b74dacfd6eb8b