Seven wolves were members of the Harl Butte pack in March, and it is believed that the pack now includes 4-month-old weaned pups. During this time of year, wolf activity is typically centered around caring for the youngest members of the pack. Breeding takes place in February, and from late April through September the pack stays close to its den site, so adult wolves can hunt for the pups and return to feed them.
Because wolves don’t travel as much during the summer months, when they have babies in tow, there’s more likely to be run-ins with ranchers and livestock — which likely led to the death order on this pack.
"The wolves have young pups and are not able to travel great distances for food," Brooks Fahy, executive director of Predator Defense, told The Dodo. "Their only choice then is to prey on livestock ... To give cattle priority over the recovering wolf population is the definition of insanity."