L.G. Davis was the sheriff of Carbon County, WY. The Wild Bunch had been on a crime spree in the region but other lawmen refused to go raid their hideouts. Davis decided to do so, targeting the outlaw refuge in Powder Springs in September 1897.
The posse thought they’d have the advantage of surprise—but somebody tipped off Butch Cassidy and company, and they left before the lawmen got there. There was talk of another raid on the area, but the Spanish-American War broke out seven months later. Many potential posse members joined the army.