Conspiracy theories revolving around these collared wolves are flying.
In a rather strange story coming out of Idaho, four wolves received radio collars in a mission set out by the state to specifically only radio collar elk. The U.S. Forest Service is investigating the incident.
Theories say that Idaho is gathering data on the collared wolves to reduce their state population, but so far the official story is that it was simply miscommunication.
Three environmental groups (Wilderness Watch, Western Watersheds Project and Friends of the Clearwater) have sued in federal court to stop Idaho from flying into the River of No Return Wilderness area where this incident occurred. They say that clear deception of the state is to blame, and they are secretly trying to gather enough proof from the wolves’ activity to authorize a reduction in the population.
However, Forest Service spokesman Wade Muehlhof in looking into this matter.
“Collaring wolves is not part of the authorization of the Forest Service,” he said in an interview. “This is not what was agreed to.”
The objective of this operation was to tag and track 60 elk. If that mission was accomplished, then why were these four wolves also collared?
According to the state, it was just a miscommunication.
“We will refine our procedures to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” said Idaho Department of Fish and Game Deputy Director Ed Schriever.
So what do you think? Did Idaho secretly tag four wolves to study and potentially reduce their populations and just get caught?
Or, did they just screw up?