Suspected Wolf Killed Along I-90 East Of North Bend

What may have been a wild wolf was struck and killed by a vehicle between North Bend and Snoqualmie Pass in eastern King County.

A U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service official in Portland says this morning that yesterday WDFW notified them that a wolf may have been hit on I-90, and that state employees recovered the carcass of the uncollared, untagged and black-coated female “suspected” wolf.

USFWS spokesman Brent Lawrence said the animal was located between mile markers 41 and 42, which is between Exit 38, the road to the Washington State Fire Training Academy and Exit 42, which leads to the U.S. Forest Service’s Tinkham Campground.

THE CARCASS OF THE ANIMAL BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN A WILD WOLF WAS RECOVERED SOUTH OF THE "T" IN TEANAWAY ON THIS WDFW PACK MAP FROM EARLIER THIS YEAR. (WDFW)

THE CARCASS OF THE ANIMAL BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN A WILD WOLF WAS RECOVERED ALONG THE BLACK LINE SOUTH OF THE “T” IN TEANAWAY ON THIS WDFW PACK MAP FROM EARLIER THIS YEAR. (WDFW)

Posters on Hunting-Washington also report seeing a wolf in that general vicinity on Monday.

The carcass has since been sent to a federal forensics lab for DNA testing and cause of death determination, according to Lawrence.

USFWS has jurisdiction over the species in the western two-thirds of the state, where wolves remain federally listed.

WDFW’s wolf observation map includes numerous citizen reports from further west in Washington, but this could represent the most westward confirmed advance of the species, a not-unexpected development, but one also of note.

“Wolves are able to cover long distances, and expansion into the western part of Washington is not unexpected,” said Lawrence. “In other areas of the country with healthy wolf populations, wolves are occasionally struck by vehicles attempting to cross roadways.”

WSDOT and other partners have been working to build wildlife-friendly passages on the east side of Snoqualmia Pass.

As it stands, if confirmed as a wild wolf, it would be at least the fourth that’s been struck and killed by a vehicle in Washington.

Others include one near Tum Tum west of Spokane in 2008, another on the north side of Blewett Pass in 2013 and the other Ruby Creek female in Pend Oreille County last year.

This time of year sees loners leave their packs. Recently, one from Northeast Oregon tripped through South-central Washington before turning south and recrossing the Columbia; currently it is somewhere in Oregon’s Central Cascades. Another Beaver State wolf is reported in Malheur County.

The Teanaway Pack of northwestern Kittitas County is the closest to where yesterday’s carcass was recovered. It has had gray pups, and while wolf coats come in different shades, several packs in Northeast Washington and Northeast Oregon are known to produce black pups. Presumably some in southern BC do too.

IN OTHER WOLF news today, WDFW released a trail camera image of one just north of Hozomeen Campground in the Ross Lake National Recreation Area in January. The agency also reported on inconclusive investigations into a reported attack on a dog in Okanogan County and sightings on the east side of the Southern Cascades.

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8 thoughts on “Suspected Wolf Killed Along I-90 East Of North Bend”

  1. Stop wasting my tax dollars on a fake endangered species. Its illegal to list endangered species by zip code but USFWS is so corrupt anti hunting freaks they dont care. Who cares about worthless vermin wolves

    1. Wolves are part of nature’s balance. Without predators, certain biological imbalances cause more harm than what was thought in times past. We are learning from our mistakes. Wolves, coyotes, cougars, bears and other top predators are helping keep the food chain in check and balanced. We are the ones that have upset that balance by eradicating top predators by bad management practices.

  2. I wanted to let you know there was another wild wolf that was killed by a truck last month (middle of March) on Highway 28 west of Quincy Wa on Trinidad hill. Another big black wolf that was wearing a radio tracking collared by WDFW. The carcass of the wolf was removed by WDFW with in a couple hours of it being hit. But not before people I work with saw it on there way home from work.
    I was surprised they are refusing media coverage on that dead wolf. But then again, not sure they want people of Grant County to know there are wolves in a desert climate farm area.

      1. A well-placed source who would know about an event like this tells me they have no knowledge of it.

        AW
        NWS

  3. We saw this wolf April 26th on I 90 at MP 41 at 10:30 in the morning. It was standing on the north side of the freeway with it’s front paws on the fog line facing south appearing to be contemplating a crossing. We immediately knew it was a wolf. No doubt. Mostly black with very few brown streaks. Very cool to see, and so sad it wandered into harms way.
    We reported it to KING5 and the F&W wolf sighting website.

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