Wolf pack confirmed to be living in the headwaters of the Wood River Valley.

Actually they are pretty far into the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (in the Boulder Mountains), not down by the houses miles downstream. This is pack of 3 and some pups. They were seen a lot near Idaho Highway 75 for a while as they fed on two road-killed elk.

Efforts were made to trap them for radio collaring, but that didn’t work. Domestic sheep roam the area in the summer, but the permittee is Lava Lake Land and Livestock, which is a very progressive sheep outfit. They will change their grazing pattern and have done so in the past to avoid conflicts with wolves. I would be greatif other sheep ranchers were like this.

Story in the Idaho Mountain Express. “Breeding pair establishes first den in area.” by Jason Kauffman. Express Staff Writer







  1. Rob Edward Avatar

    Good on the folks at Lava Lake! I’ve met them, and I think they are fine examples of how ranchers can live with wolves. Unfortunately, because following Lava Lake’s example requires stepping out of the 1890s–and some extra work–I fear they’ll get gain few followers.

  2. Ralph Maughan Avatar

    I should have added, however, Rob, that just across the highway is a grazing allotment for a sheep rancher who is not progressive, and for whom a lot of wolves have already been killed.

  3. jerry Avatar

    I was the lucky recipient of 60 lbs of Lava Lake organically raised lamb. Best lamb I’ve tasted and to know it was raised on “predator friendly” ranchland made it even better.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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