WDFW today is confirming a new wolf pack in northern Ferry County, nicknamed Profanity Peak, but also reports that its six members appear to have been involved in the killing of a cow and calf.
The agency says that the depredations were reported late last week by livestock producers Diamond M, which had so many problems with wolves in neighboring Stevens County in summer 2012.
On Friday state staffers and Ferry County deputies headed to the location, east of Curlew and roughly 4 miles in by trail, and “confirmed that a cow and calf had been killed by wolves approximately a week before the necropsy.”
The 210 cow-calf pairs that had been grazing on a Forest Service allotment are, according to WDFW, being moved to lower ground to get to better feed and “to initiate the move of cattle toward the area from which they will moved off the range in about a month.”
That was the tactic elsewhere in Northeast Washington earlier this summer when the Huckleberry Pack developed a taste for mutton — separating the flock and the wolves, and then moving the sheep well away from the hills. Over two dozen sheep were killed; one wolf, the alpha female, was lethally removed by a helicopter gunner.
Back on Profanity Peak, WDFW’s Nate Pamplin says that his staff is reviewing a checklist of preventative measures used so far with this herd of cattle, and that the state will coordinate with the Forest Service and Diamond M to continue talking about options for limiting or avoiding more depredations.
The agency reports that at least three adults and three pups have been seen on trail cameras, and that it and the Colville Confederated Tribes are coordinating for future efforts to put a collar on members of the pack.
In past years’ wolf maps, WDFW had a circle labeled “Boulder Creek” just to the south of this general area.
Another new pack was discovered earlier this summer in northern Pend Oreille County, between Salmo and Diamond Packs. Two wolves have also been seen in the southeast Scablands, and an Oregon wolf is traveling the Washington side of the Blues with another canid.