An owner of the Flat Top Ranch near Carey said Wednesday that he has already lost over two dozen sheep to wolves over a two-day period.
John Peavey, owner of the Flat Top Ranch, said he lost a number of lambs and ewes to wolves on Friday, May 10 and Sunday, May 12. Idaho Wildlife Services State Director Todd Grimm said Thursday that the final body count was at 31—18 lambs and 13 ewes.
Peavey said a Fish and Game representative determined that wolves were to blame, rather than another predator. As a result, Grimm said, Idaho Wildlife Services is carrying out a control action on “at least” two wolves in the area.
Peavey said that the sheep are currently vulnerable because they are in lambing season. One of the ewes killed was in the process of birthing triplets, he said, and one of the lambs killed was the first—and only—one of the triplets to be born.
“The guy was probably out of the womb five minutes,” he said. “It was really a heartbreaker.”
For more on this story, see the Friday edition of the Idaho Mountain Express.