Wolves Cause Death of 176 Sheep Over Weekend; Forest Service Says Stay Out of Area

The first sentence of an article posted today on tetonvalleynews.net read “U.S. Forest Service officials are asking people to stay out of an area where a large sheep kill was reported over the weekend.”  Wolves have been confirmed responsible for the death of 176 sheep, approximately 5 1/2 hours from Missoula.

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Billie Siddoway, whose brother, J.C. Siddoway, runs sheep near Fogg Hill, posted this warning about the wolf kill Saturday at the trailheads of Pole Canyon and Fourth of July trails.

U.S. Forest Service officials are asking people to stay out of an area where a large sheep kill was reported over the weekend.

Jay Pence, Teton Basin District ranger, said the sheep kill could attract a lot of people hoping to see predators coming to feed on the carcasses.

Ranchers and others are trying to deal with the situation, and visitors can hamper their activities.

“There are a lot more fun things to look at than dead sheep,” said Pence.

Idaho Wildlife Services confirmed Monday that 176 sheep were killed during a wolf attack near Fogg Hill and the Pole Canyon area early Saturday morning.

The animals belonged to the Siddoway Sheep Company and were grazing in the area about six miles south of Victor, according to a release from Siddoway. The attack, they said, occurred around 1 a.m.

Todd Grimm, director of the Wildlife Services Program, said his office confirmed the depredation Sunday. Many of the animals died from suffocation, since some apparently fell in front of the rest, resulting in a large pile-up.

“This was a rather unique situation,” said Grimm. “Most of the time they don’t pile up like this, but the wolves got them running.”

Only one animal seems to have been eaten in the attack, according to the Siddoway release.

“The sheep are not fenced,” said Billie Siddoway, in an email interview. “They move every few days to a new pasture within a designated area. The sheep are herded and monitored by two full-time herders, four herding dogs and at least four guard dogs.”

Grimm said there is already a “control action” in the area. Since July 3, 12 wolves have been lethally trapped, including nine pups. The goal is to take them all, he said.

“We expect that bears and other scavengers will soon locate the kill site,” said Billie Siddoway.

See the Teton Valley News Aug. 22 for the complete story.

(Article and above photo by tetonvalleynews.net; Cover Photo: glogster.com)


  1. Kathie says

    It said in the article the sheep were not fenced. It would not have mattered if they were fenced. These wolves on Steroids, ( Canadian Grey wolves) are killing machines. They did not consume these sheep…more likely parts of the sheep and then on to the next. These wolves are too expensive in too many ways.. Tell me a positive thing they are doing for the environment… I mean tangible positive evidence that we are benefiting from these introduced killing machines.

    • Carroll Speights says

      I only know what I have read from the news reports, but it seems that the majority of the sheep died from panicking and smothering themselves to death. I think the negative impact of wolves is seriously blown out of proportion by ranchers who are fighting to survive with the current lean profit margins. I believe that wolves will target sheep over larger game species (elk, mule deer, bison, etc.) but this does not mean that they are not essential to the environment. I can cite all of the positive benefits of wolves, such as improving big game herd composition and thus balancing the ecosystem yadayada. Their positive impact can not be easily seen though due to a lack of data. All claims to their benefit can be refuted by equal claims of their harm, with both having similar amounts of evidence to their credit. One thing is for sure though, a lack of predators in an environment has historical documentation of being disastrous.