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Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho


Wolf advocates and state and federal wildlife managers say they seek solutions that ranchers, sheepmen and reintroduction supporters find agreeable. "We don't necessarily have to agree on the value of wolves or of wolf recovery, to agree that wolf recovery is in the best interest of the state," Curt Mack, head of wolf recovery for the tribe, told a late March seminar in Ketchum. Mack has been working with U.S. Fish and Wildlife service officials to minimize contact between wolves and livestock and to resolve the effects on outfitters. Confirmed losses since the wolves were transplanted to central Idaho in 1995 and 1996 number about 46 cattle. But many carcasses are never found or the cause of death cannot be confirmed as a wolf kill, Mack said. The number of confirmed sheep kills is about 149 or 30 a year, he said. During the same time, 51 wolves have been trapped and relocated - 18 of them killed. Fish and Wildlife compensated ranchers the full value of confirmed wolf kills and half the value for probable kills, Mack said. The ability to trap and relocate or kill problem wolves under the recovery plan has made the plan acceptable, he said.