wolf release in Clearwater County-Whiskey Creek

Question:

I have heard from 2 different sources that additional wolves were released in the Whiskey Creek area. One sorce stated they heard it from a person that actuall talked to the parties releasing the wolves. Is this true as I live in this area and the wolves have already devistated our big game here.

Answer:

 

Wolves were never released in Whiskey Creek by IDFG.  Often, people will see a culvert trap in the back of a conservation officer pickup and assume it is something other than a black bear being relocated. Years ago in the late 1990's, before IDFG  was involved in wolf management, the Nez Perce Tribe and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service moved some wolves around the state into wilderness areas rather than killing them when they got into trouble with livestock.  That practice of relocating problem wolves was phased out when the wolf population reached a point where it was robust enough that saving individual animals was no longer necessary.