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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Killing Wolves Who Prey On Livestock Could Become More Common In Washington State
Over the summer, wildlife managers killed seven wolves in the Profanity Peak pack in northeast Washington. The wolves had been preying on cattle grazing on the Colville National Forest. Under Washington’s wolf management plan, the trigger for so-called “lethal action” is when a wolf pack attacks livestock four or more times in a year.
And Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Jim Unsworth expects to see more depredation as Washington’s wolf population continues to grow.
“We’re guaranteed to have more conflicts with livestock in the future and probably things could get worse,” he said. “We could be in situations in the future where we have multiple depredations occurring at one time.”
And that could mean more orders to shoot and kill wolves. Washington currently has 19 identified wolf packs. Most are still in the eastern third of the state where wolves have been delisted as an endangered species.
According to Unsworth, Washington’s wolf population is growing by about 30 percent a year and spreading into central Washington. Wolf packs have been identified in the North Cascades and as far west as the Teanaway in Kittitas County.
Washington’s Wolf Advisory Group is expected to issue a report before the end of the year on the Profanity Peak wolf pack. That pack was reduced from 12 to five by state wildlife managers who track wolf packs by radio collar and then shoot them from a helicopter. Another wolf pup is believed to have died from natural causes.
The remaining four members of the pack were spared this October when Unsworth suspended his lethal removal order after the cattle were moved off of their summer grazing allotments...more