Galena Pack Story
ABOUT THE STANLEY AND WHITE CLOUD PACKS
Pack - The pack suffered from agency control actions throughout the
2000 grazing season and disintegrated in the fall of 2000. The alphas, B23
and B27, left the Sawtooth area and both were killed by the following
Cloud Pack - In April 2000, five of the White Cloud pack were killed
in the East Fork of the Salmon River, in what came to be known as "the
Easter week shootout". A few weeks before, the pack's alpha female, B36,
who been nearly ready to whelp her pups, was relocated along with her mate
and two yearlings, about 80 miles away. Her remaining five yearlings were
left behind to fend for themselves. The alpha male returned to the East
Fork. He was to be shot along with four of his off-spring by a gunner from
a WS helicopter on Good Friday. One yearling escaped the massacre.
The loss of
the White Cloud Pack, was taken hard by wolf supporters, but until the
stranglehold of the livestock industry in places like the East Fork is
diminished, wolves are at great risk. B36 and the White Cloud wolves were
the focus of a 2003 award-winning film: The Cost of Freedom by
dead calf from natural causes in the East Fork, February 2008.
One reason wolves are
attracted to the East Fork of the Salmon River is that some calves will
die from natural causes. The calf shown in the photo was tossed out along
the East Fork Salmon River road along with several others, attracting
wolves who fed on the carcass.
Fork Salmon River, February 2008 - Calves that had died in the hard
winter and were left beside the road, are loaded onto a rancher's
flatbed wagon, to be taken somewhere for disposal. Wolves and other
predators had fed upon the carcasses. With this type of livestock
"husbandry", it's not surprising that wolf packs get into trouble in
places like the East Fork Salmon.
End of Galena Story & Photos
The Galena Pack