WDFW reported yesterday afternoon that it had removed three more Old Profanity Territory wolves, making four for the summer and six overall as the agency deals with a pack blamed for 29 livestock depredations since last September.
The latest animals are described as an adult and two juveniles, and WDFW describes the lethal operation as “ongoing” in a weekly updated posted to its website.
The problems are occurring on Colville National Forest grazing allotments in the Kettle Range of northern Ferry County, scene of past years’ wolf-livestock conflicts as well.
Another nearby pack is also the subject of a Director Kelly Susewind removal order after three depredations in a month and four in ten.
“We did not receive any court challenges on the Togo Pack, so we can move forward,” WDFW spokeswoman Staci Lehman in Spokane reported this morning.
Monday was the agency’s designated eight-hour window for opponents to file a restraining order, though they can also do so at any time.
Diehard wolf advocates had attempted to block the OPT lethal authorization in a King County court early this month but a judge allowed it to move forward pending an August 16 “follow-up status report.”
Meanwhile money is being raised for an I-5 billboard and pressure is being mounted on the governor.