Wolf reportedly kills dog in northeast Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A wolf attacked and killed a dog that was guarding sheep near the Wyoming border, the Utah Department of Agriculture confirmed Wednesday. The wolf killed the dog a week ago on private lands in the Chalk Creek area east of Coalville, Department of Agriculture spokesman Larry Lewis said. Lewis said the 100-pound Great Pyrenees was no match for the wolf, which injured a second guard dog in the same attack. The other dog was missing for several days but turned up Wednesday nursing injuries from the attack, he said. Wildlife officers were able to confirm the wolf kill by collecting fur from the scene, and a livestock herder reported that he saw a wolf limping away from the attack, Lewis said. The wolf is still on the loose. An effort to trap it was unsuccessful. Lewis said he couldn’t identify the sheep herder or landowner because they don’t want publicity that could draw tourists or vigilantes to their ranch. Government trappers, meanwhile, confirmed another report that one or two wolves killed a 350-pound calf earlier this week near Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area, 15 miles east of Hyrum in Cache County. The calf’s mother was found dead for unknown reasons – there was no evidence it was attacked by a wolf, Lewis said. The trappers determined it was a wolf kill from the condition of the calf carcass, said Kevin Bunnell, mammals program coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Traps were set in that location, he said. Officials say wolves are becoming a problem in northern Utah for the first time since the 1930s. Among other recent attacks was a wolf that killed two calves, and a wolf that attacked livestock in northern Utah’s Cache County in July. In addition, “there’s been plenty of sightings” of wolves in northern Utah this summer, Lewis said. The Utah and U.S. departments of agriculture employ 10 trappers who live in remote areas of Utah to deal with nuisance coyotes, cougars, bears – and now wolves.

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