Two wolves implicated in the death of a cow in southwestern Montana will be moved to a remote holding pen along Idaho’s Selway River.
Tranquilizer darts fired from a helicopter were used to capture the wolves on Dec. 17 in Montana’s Big Hole Valley.
The wolves originally were released in Idaho in 1995, as part of the federal project to reintroduce wolves in the Northern Rockies by transplanting animals from Canada.
Since their capture, the two wolves have been in a pen at Yellowstone National Park, said Curt Mack, a wildlife biologist for the Nez Perce Tribe in Lapwai.
The tribe oversees the wolves transplanted to Idaho, and tribal biologists will handle relocation of the two wolves now in the Yellowstone pen. It is needed for other wolves, which are to be released in the wild this spring, Mack said.
Once placed in the Selway area, the wolves will be overseen by a caretaker, he said.
The plan marks the first time the tribe has held, for any length of time, any of the 35 wolves released in Idaho during 1995 and 1996.
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