The Sherman Pack attacked and killed a calf for the second time in a month, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The confirmed depredation was outlined today in a wolf update from the agency.
The fresh carcass was found Wednesday, July 12, by a range rider, similar to last month, and also within 200 yards of that wolf kill, on a Bureau of Land Management grazing allotment in Ferry County.
According to WDFW, bite marks and other wounds on the calf as well as GPS collar data from the Sherman male “clearly indicate a wolf depredation.”
The producer uses five range riders and has been patrolling the area since even before turning their cattle out in late May on private ground, say state wolf managers.
They say there are no known dens or rendezvous sites in the area.
Under the agency’s new protocols, just three depredations, including one probable, in a 30-day period, could lead to the beginning of lethal removals. Last year it was four confirmed.
In other Washington wolf news from the update, WDFW reports that a Goodman Meadows Pack male that was captured in collared in January was legally harvested in Idaho;
That a Dirty Shirt Pack male that dispersed to Salmo Pack country in April was subsequently lethally removed by British Columbia officials trying to protect rare woodland caribou;
That the deaths of another Dirty Shirt wolf as well as one from the Loup Loup Pack are under investigation;
And that a wolf that had been part of the Huckleberry Pack in 2014 was recently mortally wounded by a vehicle collision further north this month and was dispatched by WDFW staff.
Killings wolves in Washington is illegal, and west of Highways 97, 17 and 395, where they are listed under ESA, a federal offense.
The update also includes proactive deterrence measures being used on a number of packs, recent activities of those wolves and community outreach provided by WDFW and volunteers.
Pretty interesting reading.