As livestock losses mount again in northern Ferry County, WDFW again aims to reduce the number of wolves in the Old Profanity Territory Pack, now blamed for 27 attacks on cows and calves since early last September.
Six were confirmed wolf depredations, the seventh a probable, making for eight attacks in the last 30 days.
“The chronic livestock depredations and subsequent wolf removals are stressful and deeply concerning for all those involved,” Susewind said in a statement. “The department is working very hard to try to change this pack’s behavior, while also working with a diversity of stakeholders on how to prevent the cycle from repeating.”
Following the early July discovery of a dead cow on a federal grazing allotment, he OKed beginning incremental removals, leading to the killing of the pack’s breeding male in hopes of heading off further depredations and changing the wolves behavior.
But the attacks continued during an evaluation period, leading to this new effort.
“WDFW staff believe depredations are likely to continue in the near future even with the current and responsive nonlethal tools being utilized,” the agency states in outlining that preventative work.
This morning’s update gives wolf advocates eight hours to challenge the decision in court before operations begin; they did not do so during the window after Susewind’s initial authorization earlier this month.
Two OPT wolves were lethally removed last fall following depredations then.
The general area of mountainous, forested and burned Colville NF ground was also the scene of wolf-livestock conflict in 2016.