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Wildlife cops investigate dead wolf in Stevens County

A new wolf pack near Wenatchee was confirmed in the third week of March 2013, bringing the number of confirmed packs in the state to 10. (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department)
A new wolf pack near Wenatchee was confirmed in the third week of March 2013, bringing the number of confirmed packs in the state to 10. (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department)

ENDANGERED SPECIES — Washington Fish and Wildlife police are investigating a wolf found dead in Stevens County on Feb. 9.

They report the circumstances “appear suspicious.”  Wolves are a protected species in Washington and the penalties for killing them outside of self defense or defense of pets and livestock can be stiff.

The female wolf was wearing a GPS collar and was being monitored by Fish and Wildlife Department biologists. It was a member of the Smackout Pack that ranges in the far northeastern corner of the state, but she had been traveling alone, said Kevin Robinette, department regional wildlife manager.

 




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