The shooting of a wolf on the Palouse is being investigated by state fish and wildlife officers.
According to WDFW, a farmer spotted the wolf on his land southwest of Pullman and then pursued it in a vehicle for several miles.
“The shooting does not appear to have been associated with a defense-of-life action, nor did it take place under the statutory authority to shoot and kill a wolf that is caught in the act of attacking livestock in the Eastern Washington recovery zone,” said agency assistant wildlife director Nate Pamplin.
The incident was reported by a witness on Sunday. It occurred in that part of the state where wolves are federally delisted, though they remain under state protections.
Though most agricultural operations in the Palouse are centered on wheat and other cereal grains, there are cattle outfits in some valleys. There has been a pair of wolves spotted between Ewan and Washtucna, and a few years back a wolf was shot on the Palouse just across the border in Idaho.
Pamplin says that once the investigation is finished, the case will be sent to Whitman County prosecutors for possible charges.