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Washington Wildlife Officials Kill Half Of Profanity Peak Wolf Pack

File photo. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has killed six wolves from the Profanity Peak Pack.
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National Park Service
File photo. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has killed six wolves from the Profanity Peak Pack.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said it has killed six wolves in the Profanity Peak Pack. Members of that pack are blamed for at least 12 cattle kills in the northeastern part of the state.

Wolves from Montana, Idaho and Canada showed up in Washington in 2008. Since then, the majority have ranged on the east side of the Cascades.

WDFW Wolf Policy Lead Donny Martarello said removing the entire pack is unlikely to have a long term impact on the wolf population.

“We’ve seen about a 30 percent growth rate on average per year,” Martarello said. “So, the wolf population is expanding as expected and it’s expanding both numerically and geographically around the state.”

Martarello said wolves are generally resilient to periodic removal. This is the third time in nearly a decade state wildlife officials have lethally removed wolves in Washington.

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.