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Washington kills three wolves this season to quell cattle attacks

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Wolves have kept Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife field staff busy this suummer, especially in Stevens, Ferry and Asotin counties. Gray wolves are protected in Washington by state endangered species rules, but lethal measures can be taken in cases of self-defense...

Sherman Pack wolf killed after fifth cattle attack in Ferry County

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The first wolf from the Sherman Pack was shot today in an effort to stop wolf attacks on cattle in Ferry County, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports. The Sherman Pack was associated with a confirmed cattle kill on Colville...

Another Washington wolf pack targeted for lethal action after attacks on cattle

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Lethal action is being taken on another wolf pack associated with livestock attacks in northeastern Washington, the state Fish and Wildlife Department announced this afternoon. Wolves in the Sherman Pack have repeatedly preyed on livestock in Ferry County during the past two...

Wolves attack cattle protected by range rider program

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Despite preventative measures and monitoring by a model range rider project, cattle on a grazing allotment northeast of Colville have been attacked by wolves. As one wildlife biologist said on my Facebook page, "Bummer. They were doing so well (staying out of...

Wolves kill more cattle in northeastern Washington

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Two Washington wolf packs have made documented kills on livestock in northeastern Washington recently. The attacks have been attributed to the Smackout Pack on the Stevens-Pend Oreille county border area as well as the remaining wolves in the Profanity Peak Pack of...

Making political hay out of Profanity Peak wolf pack culling

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Northeastern Washington politicians apparently see the state's mission to cull a portion of the cattle-killing Profanity Peak wolf pack as another way to get votes by slamming government agencies. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials are addressing the volatile issue of...

Wolves and their ways continue to challenge understanding

PREDATORS -- Oregon plans to kill four wolves from the Wallowa Pack associated with repeated attacks on livestock. That sort of management action is legitimate and necessary for maintaining any rural tolerance for wolf reintroduction. The recent story of wolves killing 19 elk in a...

New report: Washington’s wolf population continues to grow

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Washington’s wolf population continued to grow last year and added at least four new packs, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s annual survey. By the end of 2015, the state was home to at least 90 wolves, 18 packs...

Smoking a pack may be best wolf control measure, research says

PREDATORS – Aggressively dealing with wolves that kill livestock works better than a gradual approach, according to research in Montana. When a group of wolves gets a taste for sheep or cattle, trying to kill a few of the offending wolves was not effective, the...

New Washington wolf pack news sparks rare poetic debate

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Today's news that a new wolf pack -- the Loup Loup Pack -- has been confirmed in north-central Washington near the towns of Omak and Twisp has sparked a trend on the newspaper reader comments thread that's rarer than an endangered species:...

Oregon delists gray wolf from state endangered species protections

PREDATORS -- The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4-2 on Monday evening to delist wolves from the state Endangered Species Act throughout the state. The meeting began at 8 a.m. and adjourned at 6:44 p.m. About 106 people on both sides of the vote...