Galena Pack Story
ABOUT THE WHITEHAWK PACK AND B47
He became the mate of a nearly pure white wolf called Alabaster, named for
a White Cloud peak. In April in 2001, she had nine pups in the foothills
near Champion Creek. There were four adults in the Whitehawk Pack. In
early June, when the pups were still small, a sheep band was moved to 4th
of July Creek, within a mile of the pack's rendezvous site. The wolves
killed several sheep. The sheep stayed in the area and more problems
occurred, despite efforts by wolf supporters, who urged that the sheep
move to the Sawtooth Valley's south end, 20 miles away. On June 30, 2001,
two of the four adult wolves were killed near Horton Peak, shot from the
air by Wildlife Services. BWCC held a tribute on July 15 to the Whitehawk
"Horton Peak Tribute to Wolves."
Horton Peak is prime wolf habitat, but the presence of sheep and
cattle for five months make wolf survival tough.
For the remainder of the
summer and fall grazing season, a group of volunteers dubbed the "Wolf
Guardians", worked to keep the Whitehawk Pack away from sheep. The wolves
survived, only to make the big mistake of going to the East Fork of the
Salmon River during the winter. The Whitehawk's alpha male, B47, had
probably been to the East Fork before, where there is elk and deer winter
range. But, there are also thousands of cattle calving out on private land
and the pack got into trouble, killing some of the calves. The Whitehawk
Pack had run out of luck and met a tragic end. Alabaster, her mate, B47,
and eight of their pups were shot from a helicopter on April 6, 2002. The
East Fork Salmon River is a death zone for predators and this is unlikely
to change, until cattle and ranchers no longer are the dominating force.
East Fork of the Salmon River and Sheep Mountain in the White
Cattle dominate the bottom lands of the East Fork Salmon River. This
region is also winter range for deer and elk.
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The Galena Pack