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Published May 28, 2010, 09:49 AM

Wolves kill 13 sheep above Boise

BOISE, Idaho — A pair of wolves have killed 13 sheep in the hills above the state capital.

BOISE, Idaho — A pair of wolves have killed 13 sheep in the hills above the state capital.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials say the attacks occurred near the Hulls Gulch area in recent weeks.

The area is popular with hikers, runners and mountain bikers due to its proximity to downtown Boise.

The Idaho Statesman reports U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services agents have permission to remove the wolves, which means the predators would likely be killed.

Ed Mitchell, a Fish and Game spokesman, says such attacks were to be expected: There are domestic sheep grazing in Boise’s undulating mountains, and there have been wolves here off-and-on for years.

Mitchell advises keeping dogs on a leash here, to avoid a rare but unfortunate encounter.

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