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Herders say wolf pack had them cornered

Oct 26, 2012 - From staff reports

Two sheep herders near Jeffrey City contacted law enforcement Thursday evening to report that six or seven wolves that were chasing their herd of sheep had "boxed" them in for a period of time.

The men were not injured in the incident, but they reportedly were missing about 35 head of sheep, which had not been located as of Friday morning.

"It is unknown if the sheep are just missing or were taken by predators," Fremont County Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee said in a Friday press release. "Our deputy, as well as a Game and Fish warden, were unable to locate any signs of wolf activity in the immediate area early Friday."

The officials did report that an overnight storm had left about 3 inches of snow on the ground. The incident is being considered a predatory animal problem, and Lee said further investigation will be handled by a local government trapper.

"Predators are controlled by ranchers and hunters without the assistance of the sheriff or Game and Fish on a routine basis in this area," Lee said.

He would not release the exact location of the incident, which took place within 20 miles of Jeffrey City.

"The exact location is being withheld until I have a chance to talk with the ranch owner and the government trapper about the incident," Lee said.

No further information was available Friday. Lee said the case is closed as far as the FCSO is concerned.

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