July 16, 2012

Another wolf pack confirmed in E. Wash.

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Another wolf pack has been confirmed in Eastern Washington.

On Monday, a government trapped caught an adult wolf believed to be the pack’s alpha male and a pup in northwestern Stevens County near the Canadian border. A monitoring collar was placed on the adult and an ear tag was placed on the pup, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The “Wedge” pack was named for the wedge-shaped part of Stevens County between the Kettle River on the west and the Columbia River on the east. The pack is Washington’s eighth confirmed wolf pack.

A wolf pack had long been suspected in the Wedge, but past trapping efforts had been unable to confirm the pack’s existence. When wolf attacks on livestock were reported and investigated in Stevens County last week, wolf trapping in that area became WDFW’s top priority, officials said.

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