WDFW late this afternoon reported removing a second Smackout Pack wolf following a series of cattle depredations stretching back to last September.
The agency will now see how the Northeast Stevens County wolves respond, with the hopes that they leave calves in the area alone. Five have been confirmed killed or injured, including two in the past month.
“The duration of the evaluation period is largely based on the behavior of the wolves. If the department confirms another livestock depredation by the Smackout pack after the removal period (in other words, a fresh depredation, not one that likely occurred during or before the removal period), the department may initiate another lethal removal action,” said WDFW in a new statement.
The agency took some heat last week after announcing it had removed one wolf from the pack. Some are calling for more information to be released. WDFW is saying complete details will be available in a final report, an attempt to keep a lid on a highly emotional issue for some.