Federal wolf managers are reporting that a dead cow discovered in the Teanaway Pack range earlier this month was killed by a wolf or wolves, the second confirmed depredation there this summer.
The incident was initially reported Sept. 5 and WDFW staffers went to the scene north of Cle Elum to investigate.
“A single adult cow carcass showed injuries consistent with a wolf depredation. Wolf tracks and scat were found around the carcass. After reviewing the evidence and coordinating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (Service), WDFW experts confirmed the depredation was caused by at least one wolf,” USFWS reported in a press release forwarded by WDFW.
A range rider has been patrolling local rancher Sam Kayser’s allotment on state land, but the dead cow was found on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest ground, apparently after leaving the rest of the herd for unknown reasons.
The other depredation, a yearling cow, was found July 16 in the allotment.
Kayser has a livestock damage prevention agreement with WDFW and his operation was the focus of a number of news articles in mid-July.
In this part of Washington, wolves fall under federal protections. USFWS says it and WDFW will monitor the area “to minimize conflict and benefit wolf conservation across the state.”
Another range rider is also being brought in, according to the state.
In other wolf news, the Capital Press is questioning closed-door meetings being held between WDFW’s $850,000 wolf consultant and members of its expanded wolf advisory group.