Earlier a story about a rancher seeing two wolves near Blackfoot, Idaho (in SE Idaho) came up here in comments. The rancher was amazing sanguine compared to the usual reaction.

Idaho Fish and Game says it can’t confirm the presence of wolves.

Area wolf sighting unconfirmed. Idaho State Journal (Pocatello)

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project and the creator of The Wildlife News.

4 Responses to Blackfoot, Idaho area wolf sighting unconfirmed

  1. avatar Jim says:

    There is a comment on that page from someone that supposedly shot at the wolves. Any chance that the fish and wildlife people would use the IP address to track that shooter down?

  2. avatar Save bears says:


    fish and wildlife cannot do anything because someone claimed to shoot at the wolves…even with an IP it becomes a moot point investigation, When I worked for FWP in Montana, we used to get quite a few reports or claims turned over to us, but without some other evidence it is nothing more than hearsay…..

  3. avatar Jim says:

    ok thanks.

  4. avatar Alan Gregory says:

    This glitch come s up every now and then in the Northeast. My gut feeling is “where’s the evidence?” And in such heavily roaded states as Pennsylvania that “evidence” would surely include road-kill.
    Anyway, ehere’s th e link to a Conservation Magazine article about Great Lakes-region wolves:



‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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