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Wolf poisoned by Temik in Frank Church Wilderness

6-2-2005, updated 6-3 and 6-17

An Idaho wolf has been found deliberately poisoned by the insecticide Temik (Aldicarb) on a backcountry trail at the boundary of the Frank Church Wilderness.

This is the first known Temik poisoning since a rash of them in Idaho and Wyoming back in the winter and spring of 2004 when a few wolves, but lots of dogs, and perhaps 2 moose were poisoned by a person or persons who were never apprehended.

Use of an insecticide to like Temik to poison wolves breaks not only the Endangered Species Acts, but a host of state and federal laws.

Here is a link to my earlier stories on the 2004 poisonings.

Here is the news release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Law Enforcement.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1387 S. Vinnell Way • Boise, Idaho 83709
208-378-5333 • Fax 208-378-5339

FOr Immediate Release  June 1, 2005
Contact: Scott Bragonier, 208-523-0855
or Craig Tabor (208) 378-5333

POISONED GRAY WOLF found in frank church wilderness
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service law enforcement agents have recently confirmed poisoning as the cause of death of a male gray wolf that was found dead in central Idaho.

The collared wolf, known as B-204, was found to have been killed by ingesting meat laced with a grey granular poison known as "Temik," a restricted use pesticide commonly applied to agricultural crops such as potatoes.

B-204 had been collared by Nez Perce Tribe wolf recovery personnel in Trapper Creek, a Middle Fork Salmon River tributary, on June 27, 2004 At that time, biologists estimated the wolf to be about one to two years old. Wolf monitoring signals indicated the B-204 dispersed from the newly-documented Golden Creek Pack some time after February 16, 2005, and was located again on April 22, 2005.

During a telemetry flight on May 14, 2005, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game received a mortality signal from B-204's radio collar. The animal was found less than a mile from his April 22 location, within yards of a pack trail in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area, in the Clear Creek tributary of Panther Creek. Service Law Enforcement Agents and Idaho Department of Fish and Game Conservation Officers investigated the scene.

Temik's chemical name is "Aldicarb," and it is a water soluble chemical used for integrated pest management. Use of this chemical other than for agricultural purposes, such as baiting animals, is illegal. Animals or small children are most susceptible to poisoning due to ingestion of this highly toxic product.

Scott Bragonier, a Special Agent for the Service, cautions outdoor enthusiasts about exposure to suspicious bait or grey granules on the ground, and to contact law enforcement authorities immediately if located. “In this case, Temik not only killed a gray wolf, but it also poses a potential public safety hazard. We are very interested in finding whoever is responsible for the crime. If anyone has information about illegal use of chemicals or the killing of wolves, please contact the Service’s Law Enforcement Division. Callers may remain anonymous.” said Bragonier.

The killing of an animal protected under the Endangered Species Act is punishable by a fine of up to $100, 000 and one year in jail. The manufacturer of Temik, Bayer Crop Science, is working with the Service on this investigation. Bayer Crop Science and the Service are offering a reward for information leading to an arrest or conviction of the person or persons responsible for the poisoning of this wolf.

Persons with information about this case, or any other illegal wolf killings, are urged to call Service Law Enforcement at (208) 523-0855, or to call the Idaho Citizens Against Poaching Hotline at 1-800-632-5999.



Added on June 3, 2005. Pesticide used to poison Idaho wolf. Idaho Mountain Express.

Added on June 17, 2005. Officials stumped on wolf poisoning. AP

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