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Updated 10-06



Agents target suspected hybrid

KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) -- Shoot-on-sight orders are in place for what authorities say is likely a wolf-hybrid that was spotted last week on the northern side of the central Idaho town of Hailey.

Lee Garwood, senior conservation officer for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, said the animal could be the one that has been harassing sheep in nearby Croy Canyon.

"Evidently, this is the same animal," Garwood told the Idaho Mountain Express. "And there are shoot-on-sight orders."

Steve Nadeau, wolf program supervisor for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, said there is nothing protecting wild hybrids or dogs running loose from being shot. Federally protected wolves, however, cannot be killed unless they are seen harassing livestock.

It is unlikely that the animal spotted in Hailey is the lone surviving member of three wolf-hybrids that appeared last month and that Garwood said were probably raised in captivity and "just dumped somewhere."

The animal spotted in Hailey was dark in color, while the three other hybrids were light. Two of the light-colored hybrids were shot by Camas County Sheriff Dave Sanders near Fairfield last month after one was hit by a car on U.S. 20.

A third light-colored animal was spotted but fled. Fish and Game confirmed the dead animals were wolf-dog hybrids.

Garwood said he's been told by hunters that full-blooded wolves have been seen between Hailey and Ketchum, about 12 miles north.