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Washington To Exterminate Nearly 10 Percent Of State’s Wolf Population

File photo of a gray wolf
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
File photo of a gray wolf

Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to kill an entire wolf pack in the northeast corner of the state. The decision comes after at least 12 cattle were killed in the area.

WDFW officials have confirmed seven of the 12 dead cows were killed by wolves. It’s likely that the remaining five were as well.

The cattle graze on federal land between Kettle Falls and Republic, Washington, in the summer. After six calves and two cows were found dead, the state shot two female wolves from a helicopter.

But on August 19, four more dead cattle were discovered.

So, Fish and Wildlife Director Jim Unsworth authorized the removal of the entire pack.

This is the third time Washington state officials have been authorized to remove wolves since the predators returned to the state in 2008.

It’s not clear when removal will begin.

Copyright 2016 Northwest News Network

Emily Schwing
Emily Schwing comes to the Inland Northwest by way of Alaska, where she covered social and environmental issues with an Arctic spin as well as natural resource development, wildlife management and Alaska Native issues for nearly a decade. Her work has been heard on National Public Radio’s programs like “Morning Edition” and “All things Considered.” She has also filed for Public Radio International’s “The World,” American Public Media’s “Marketplace,” and various programs produced by the BBC and the CBC. She has also filed stories for Scientific American, Al Jazeera America and Arctic Deeply.