UPDATE, Aug.22, 8 p.m. -- On Aug. 19, after The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced it's decision to try to eliminate the Profanity Peak wolf pack, officials confirmed another wolf depredation with an injured calf. The updated numbers, according to officials: Since July 8, the department has documented 12 depredations by wolves in the pack area; 7 classified as confirmed and 5 as probable.
ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The Profanity Wolf Pack has been sentenced to extermination after resuming attacks on cattle this week, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department announced tonight.
State wildlife biologists received authorization to remove the Ferry County wolf pack after investigating two calf carcasses and an injured calf in a Colville National Forest grazing area today.
Earlier today, Ferry County commissioners unanimously passed a resolution authorizing Sheriff Ray Maycumber to kill the remaining nine members of the wolf pack if state wildlife officials don’t resume shooting wolves.
Commissioner Mike Blankenship said he was willing to challenge state endangered species protections and jurisdiction over wildlife.
“That pack of wolves needs to be gone,” he told the Capital Press. “I feel the sheriff has that power and that obligation as much as he would with a wild dog out there.”
County officials have pressed the department to eliminate the entire pack since 2014, citing concerns for humans, pets and livestock.
“Maybe that would get challenged and maybe we need to have conversation. I’m sure it would be a fairly mind-blowing case,” Blankenship said.