While not exactly breaking news, lab results are now confirming that the black-coated canid roaming the upper Skagit Valley since at least this spring is indeed a wolf.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service suspected as much, but notes that DNA testing couldn’t determine the animal’s population of origin.
There are plenty of wolves to the east in Northeast Washington as well as southern British Columbia, and it’s not out of the realm that it walked in from further afield.
The 2- to 3-year-old, 100-pound male continues to hang out in the Marblemount area, according to the GPS placed around its neck after biologists captured it in June.
Trail cams aren’t turning up anything else, though.
And it is not, as has been reported elsewhere, the first wolf in Western Washington. Not even close. USFWS also tells us that at least four radio-collared wolves have traveled west across the Cascade Crest in the past.