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Wolves reported in lowlands as deer, elk struggle in hardpack snow

Tracks that appear to be made by two or more wolves have been sighted this month in Spokane County in the Hangman Creek drainage. (Hank Seipp)
Tracks that appear to be made by two or more wolves have been sighted this month in Spokane County in the Hangman Creek drainage. (Hank Seipp)

WILDLIFE -- With crusty snow making it difficult for deer and elk to feed and move, it's not surprising that reports of wolves in the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene area seem to be increasing.

"We have no confirmations, but it wouldn't surprise me," said Wayne Wakkinen, Idaho Fish and Game Department regional wildlife manager. "Elk and deer are on the Rathdrum prairie and we know of wolves on Rathdrum Mountain. They'll go where the food is."

The hardpack snow conditions are giving predators an advantage as they can run on top of the snow while deer and elk flounder as they post-hole through the crust.

Several callers have also reported hearing wolves or seeing tracks they believe were made by wolves in the Rockford to Freeman areas.



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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