Photos: Big bad tracks
November 21, 2018
Tracks in the snow reveal some recent wolf activity near Copper Creek.
At least four wolves, probably the Landers Fork Pack, crossed Copper Creek Road about a mile north of Highway 200 over the weekend.
According to the 'Blackfoot Watershed Wolf and Bear Activity Report for the summer of 2018, the greater Blackfoot Valley area is home to 13 pack of wolves, including the Landers Fork, Stonewall Mountain and Humbug packs.
Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the "Manage Our Wolves Act" in a 196-180 vote. The act, which now heads to the Senate, drops legal protections for gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act throughout the lower 48 states.
Wolves in Montana have been de-listed since 2011, after originally being de-listed in April 2009 and then re-listed in 2010.
According the Montana Fish. Wildlife and Parks, Hunters and trappers in Montana harvested 255 wolves during the 2017-18 wolf season that ended in March.