State wildlife managers have removed one wolf from the Smackout Pack to head off a series of depredations in Northeast Washington.
They say that the lethal removal operation, which began a week ago, will continue for another week, and be followed by an evaluation period.
The goal is to take out one or two members of the calf-killing pack to change its behavior.
The news came out late this afternoon in a brief update to the public.
Details on the wolf, how it was taken out and other operational details are not being shared at the moment to try and keep the situation as calm as possible for state staffers, producers and others working it.
Full details will be available in a final report, says WDFW wolf manager Donny Martorello.
The Smackouts have been involved in five confirmed depredations since late September 2016, including two in the past month.
As a result of the depredation investigated July 18, the fourth in less than a year, incremental removals were authorized.
One Smackout wolf was also shot in late June by a ranch hand after it was caught attacking cattle in northern Stevens County.
The pack has been the subject of intense efforts to keep the peace between it and grazing cattle.
The depredations have mostly occurred on Colville National Forest lands, with the latest, investigated on July 22nd, happening in a private fenced 40-acre pasture.