ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Wolves in the range of the Teanaway Pack, which is pushing the western edge of wolf recovery in Washington, is confirmed to be involved in a second attack on livestock.
Following are the details just posted from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which has jurisdiction over wolves int the western third of the state where the gray wolf is still federally listed as an endangered species:
On September 5, 2015, a researcher conducting routine gray wolf research in the range of the Teanaway
pack north of Cle Elum discovered a livestock mortality. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
(WDFW) experts were notified and arrived on scene to gather evidence and look for additional cattle
mortalities. Other cattle were observed in the area and appeared uninjured.
A single adult cow carcass showed injuries consistent with a wolf depredation. Wolf tracks and scat were
found around the carcass. After reviewing the evidence and coordinating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
(Service), WDFW experts confirmed the depredation was caused by at least one wolf.
The livestock producer operates under a grazing permit issued by the Washington Department of Natural
Resources and a livestock damage prevention agreement with WDFW. As part of these agreements, the
producer was implementing preventative measures, including the use of a range rider to increase human
presence near cattle. However, the carcass was found on U.S. Forest Service land where the cow had,
evidently, left the producer’s grazing area allotment.
In Washington, the gray wolf (Canis lupus) is federally listed as endangered west of U.S. Highway 97,
State Route 17, and U.S. 395. Gray wolves are also listed as endangered by the State of Washington
throughout the state. This depredation was in the Federally listed area.
An earlier wolf depredation was found in July in the southern portion of the Teanaway River drainage, in
the Teanaway Community Forest, a DNR grazing allotment.
The Service and WDFW will continue to monitor the area and work with partners, including state and
federal agencies, tribes, the livestock industry and private landowners to minimize conflict and benefit
wolf conservation across the state.
See a chronology of events for the Teanaway Pack compiled by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department.