ENDANGERED SPECIES -- As reported last week, Washington has trapped and radio-collared at least five gray wolves this spring, adding to its pool of wolves that are transmitting data about their individual movements as well as their associated packs.
This information is valuable to the recovery of wolves and their eventual delisting from endangered species protections.
That brings the number of collars being monitored by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife researchers to 14 individuals in 10 packs.
- Ten of those collars are expensive units sending daily GPS data.
- Four of the collars are transmitting VHF signals that give more general information on location and movements.
The Colville Tribe, which runs its own wildlife program on packs within the reservation,has not confirmed how many collars tribal biologists have put on wolves.
Packs managed by WDFW with collars include Salmo, Goodman, Diamond, Smackout, Dirty Shirt, Huckleberry, Profanity, Lookout, Teanaway and Tucannon.