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Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho

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Wolves seem to like the East Fork of the Salmon River, where they run the risk of being killed by ranchers or fighting a rival pack. A year after the White Cloud wolf pack was disbanded in the Challis area, another pack has taken its place. Tribal wolf recovery leader Curt Mack said he believes the White Hawk Pack and members of the former Stanley Pack may soon tangle over territory. A Fish and Wildlife Idaho recovery coordinator Carter Niemeyer indicated the East Fork problem will always be a wolf corridor where the animals are probably "never really going to fit in well." And, Mack says eliminating a pack just assures you that you will have new wolves in that area. We feel, for the long-term, it's better to come up with solutions" to maintain a consistent pack in an area. Niemeyer said he didn't believe the livestock is the "attractant at all. I think it's more the terrain, the lay of the land." An experiment allows ranchers to kill a wolf on private land if the animal is in the act of killing, wounding or biting livestock.