The Colville Confederated Tribes have opened a wolf hunting season for tribal members on a portion of their reservation, according to regulations posted on the tribe’s website.
Outside the 1.4 million-acre reservation, gray wolves are still protected by Washington’s endangered species laws.
Tribal officials did not immediately answer media calls, but the Tribal Council apparently approved a season that opened last week on the south half of the reservation in Okanogan and Ferry counties, where at least two packs roam.
At least 12 wolf packs have been identified across Eastern Washington by the tribe and state wildlife officials. Wolves have been moving into the state on their own from Canada and Idaho.
Not enough wolf packs have been formed to trigger steps toward a hunting season in Washington outside the reservation, according to the state’s Gray Wolf Conservation and Management Plan.
Nine permits are available to Colville tribal members, according to the online regulations. The season is posted to run through Feb. 28 or until hunters have met the quota.
Distracted driver hits group of pedestrians
A distracted driver turned his vehicle into a group of pedestrians Monday evening in a Spokane Valley crosswalk.
A 19-year-old suffered a fractured shoulder, and a 12-year-old sustained a skull fracture.
The 25-year-old driver told deputies he didn’t see the people because he was adjusting his radio, KREM reported. He was cited for failing to yield.