Animal rights activists often cry foul when hunters and wildlife officials talk about the impact growing wolf numbers have had on farming operations and wild game populations, but photos like the one above are hard to dispute. A southeastern Idaho ranch lost 176 sheep in one night last weekend as two wolves ran through a herd of about 2,400 animals.
“Sheepherders for the Siddoway Sheep Co. heard the wolves at about 1 a.m. Saturday but didn’t know the extent of the damage until they saw the sheep piled up on each other at daybreak,” a KTVB.com story said.
Most of the sheep died from asphyxiation from being chased, but about 10 died of bite wounds and one was partially eaten, the KTVB.com story reported. Idaho Wildlife Services State Director Todd Grimm said it is the greatest loss by wolves ever recorded in one instance in the state.