Friday, March 20, 2009
Wolves encouraged to leave, "making elk kills a few hundred yards away from homes"
State officials are using "cracker shells" and helicopter hazing to frighten away a pack of wolves that has been making elk kills a few hundred yards away from homes in central Idaho. The 10-member Phanton Hill wolf pack arrived in the Hailey area earlier this month on its normal travels in search of food, said wildlife biologist Regan Berkley of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. "We want to make them think that humans are not someone they want to be too close to," she said. Berkley said the hazing will also include noisy "cracker shells" fired by people on the ground. The wolves aren't likely to be killed because they've not attacked domestic animals, sticking instead to their usual prey of elk, she said. The wolves have made some residents nervous. "You're conscious when you take your dog out for a walk," said Lesley Andrus...AP