Killing wolves, especially in this area, the Old Profanity Territory (OPT), is extremely controversial. In 2016, the entire Profanity Peak wolf pack was killed off by the state for the same reason.
But no one even knows if killing wolves actually helps decrease wildlife conflicts with livestock in the long term — some research has even shown that it can make the problem worse.
Gray wolves were nearly wiped out across the country because of hunting and habitat loss. Tremendous conservation efforts starting in the 1960s helped to bring the animal back from the brink of extinction — but now when the animals get too close to the ranching industry, the state is forced to make a choice.
"Killing wolves in the West has become the norm now," Fahy said. "We brought them back so we could kill them all over again."