HAILEY, Idaho - Police in Hailey, located down-valley from Ketchum and Sun Valley, have three traps for skunks. They're all in use - with seven people waiting.
It is, reports the Idaho Mountain Express , a smelly season for skunks, possibly because of a bumper crop of voles, one of the things that the omnivorous skunks eat. The result, says the newspaper is that many an evening of late has been marked by a "wafting, rank, and slightly sweet smell."
"My dog has been sprayed two times in one day," said local resident Irene Robinson. "If you have ever been on the receiving end of this sort of attack, it is debilitating. It stopped me dead, and I had to retch. So foul - you cannot imagine."
Three wolves killed
CAREY, Idaho - Three wolves were killed by federal wildlife agents recently on a ranch near Carey, which is about 64 kilometres from Ketchum and Sun Valley. They had, wildlife biologists concluded, killed a calf.
The rancher also accused the wolves of killing his sheep, although government biologists concluded that coyotes, instead, were to blame.
But a wildlife advocate who had been tracking the wolves disputed whether the wolves had any blood on their paws at all. "There's no third-party verification that the depredation was actually by wolves," Natalie Ertz told the Idaho Mountain Express .
She reported hearing the wolf pack 13 kilometres away just a few hours before the livestock killing occurred. Wolves can trot at speeds up to 10 mph, but she said it was unlikely the wolves made the trek.
The alpha female of the pack survived the shooting, the third such "control order," as the killings are called, that she has survived. Although losing two toes and suffering a severe injury that has left her with a limp, she has also survived three coyote traps.
Wolves kill more cattle as they go south, east
JACKSON, Wyo. - Authorities have killed 19 wolves in Wyoming so far this year, compared to 73 wolves in 2008.
The wolves had been responsible for the deaths of 20 cattle, 28 sheep and a dog, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency report studied by the Jackson Hole News & Guide . Also, a horse was put down after it broke a leg suffered when chased by wolves. Six other horses have been injured by wolves.
Wolves tend to cause more problems the farther south and east they are from Yellowstone National Park, according to Mike Jimenez, as these areas have less dense wildlife populations and more livestock.