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In brief: Officials target four wolves suspected in livestock deaths


OLYMPIA – Washington wildlife managers say they are ready to kill four more wolves in the state’s northeastern corner to decrease the size of a wolf pack blamed for 10 livestock deaths.

Craig Bartlett of the Department of Fish and Wildlife said Wednesday two more livestock deaths have been reported this week by the Diamond M ranch in northern Stevens County. Those deaths are now being investigated.

Officials had given the four wolves a reprieve over the Labor Day weekend, but Bartlett said they are back to their original plan.

The reprieve also came after protests from conservation groups who argued that there’s little evidence the Stevens County pack, known as the Wedge pack, were to blame for recent attacks at the Diamond M ranch.

Officials killed one wolf on Aug. 7.

Forest Service land swap unlikely to go through

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho – An Idaho County commissioner said the county’s efforts to keep land scheduled for a trade between a timber company and the U.S. Forest Service within county borders are likely over.

The Lewiston Tribune reported Commissioner Skip Brandt said Tuesday that the Forest Service hasn’t reached a decision on the deal to trade land in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest for a checkerboard of about 62 square miles of Western Pacific Timber Co.-owned land in the Upper Lochsa drainage. County commissioners have opposed the plan and recently offered an alternative they hoped would reduce the impact on the county’s property tax base.

But Brandt said he’s learned the county’s proposal won’t work, because the land they wanted for the trade doesn’t pass National Environmental Policy Act requirements.

Teen arrested after threats discovered on Facebook

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Mount Vernon police say a 16-year-old boy has been arrested after allegedly writing threats of a school shooting on his Facebook profile.

The Skagit Valley Herald reported that teenagers who saw the status update alerted police.

Mount Vernon Police Lt. Chris Cammock said the teen was arrested Saturday.

Cammock said the boy has a history of police contact and is known to have anger issues and unpredictable behavior.

Police said commenters replied to the threats, saying they were not funny, but the teen allegedly said he wasn’t kidding and that drugs were affecting his brain.

The boy is not enrolled in any Mount Vernon school.


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