Not Much News On Skagit Wolf, None On Loup Loup Mortality Investigation

There’s little news about the Skagit wolf, even less about an investigation into the death of another on the other side of the North Cascades.

USFWS reports that the 100-pound, 2- to 3-year-old black male radio-collared near Marblemount in June hasn’t really left the area.

“We have been getting location data every few days, and the animal seems to be staying in the general vicinity, but not enough info to draw any conclusions at this point,” spokeswoman Ann Froschauer in Olympia said last¬† week, and yesterday noted, “Still in the area.”

She told the Capital Press it has ranged west and north of this tiny community along Highway 20, near where it was captured and had been hanging out, apparently, for several months beforehand.

Still, it may not have a mate or a pack, based on a lack of other sightings and trail cam photos.

As for WDFW’s revelation late last week that “A mortality of a wolf from the Loup Loup pack is currently under investigation,” the feds and state aren’t saying anything more.

A WDFW MAP SHOWS THE RANGE OF THE LOUP LOUP PACK IN THE MOUNTAINS BETWEEN THE METHOW AND OKANOGAN VALLEYS. (WDFW)

Asked for details about the animal, and date and location of the mortality event, Froschauer yesterday said, “We can’t comment on open investigations.”

Wolves are still federally listed in this part of the state.

A state wolf manager didn’t answer a question about it either.

Earlier this year, WDFW reported there were eight members of the Loup Loup Pack.

They roam around the pass of the same name, mountainous country that’s been burned in recent years, as well as is grazed.

In May 2016, three pack members were collared, and in February of this year another was. That female departed for British Columbia two months later.

Ranchers are said to be practicing conflict avoidance tactics and a WDFW-contracted range rider patrols the area part of the time.

The state’s first modern-day pack was confirmed not far away from here nine years ago this month. Several were subsequently poached.

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