Wolves in northern Ferry County have attacked at least two calves and probably two more in the past several days, apparently crossing the threshold for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to consider culling the pack.As of Friday morning, the department had not announced whether the attacks were by a known pack. It also had not issued notice that it will remove wolves. The department has pledged to give one business-day notice before targeting a pack. The notice gives environmental groups time to go to court and seek a restraining order.
At least two wolf pups were observed on the southern flanks of Mount Hood earlier this month, marking the first time a breeding pair of Wolves has been seen in the northern Cascades since the endangered canids first returned to Oregon around a decade ago.
OLYMPIA – State wildlife officials can kill an injured wolf in a pack that has been preying on cattle in northeast Washington, a Thurston County Superior Court judge ruled Friday.Judge Carol Murphy refused to extend a court order against Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to kill a male wolf in the Togo pack, saying the environmental groups opposing those plans had not met the legal burden to continue the temporary restraining order issued Aug. 20.Department director Kelly Susewind said staff would proceed with plans to kill the wolf, which has been located and appears to have a broken leg but remains mobile.At 5 p.m., when the temporary restraining order expired, department staff in the area occupied by the pack were authorized to shoot and kill the wolf.
Thurston County Superior Court Judge Chris Lanese Monday prevented the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) from carrying out a kill order for wolves in the Togo pack, according to a conservation group that challenged the agency in court.“The agency cannot go out and kill wolves,” said Amaroq Weiss, a wolf advocate for The Center for Biological Diversity, after the judge granted the center’s request for a temporary restraining order. The judge set an Aug. 31 court date for a preliminary injunction hearing, which could prevent WDFW from killing the Togo wolves until a full trial. The judge’s order applies only to the Togo wolves, according to WDFW.
JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Pups from Oregon wolf OR-7 were captured on a trail camera earlier this summer. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is sharing the video. In 2011, OR-7 left the Imnaha pack, eventually settling into a 155-square mile area of eastern Jackson County and Western Klamath County. By 2014, it was believed OR-7 found a mate in southwest Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists later learned OR-7 produced offspring with another wolf later that same year. The wolf’s pack continued to roam the southern Cascades, producing at least two pups each year
Members of the Togo wolf pack killed a cow in the Colville National Forest and injured another last week, according to state wildlife officials.The Togo pack is responsible for five depredations in the last 10 months, including two in November 2017 and one in May.On Wednesday Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials were notified about a potential wolf depredation near Danville, Washington in Ferry County.WDFW staff investigated the dead cow and documented “bite lacerations with associated hemorrhaging, signs of a struggle down a steep hill and around the cow carcass, and recent wolf activity in the area,” according to a WDFW news release.
Washington wildlife managers will be less precise about the whereabouts of wolves, holding back information previously shared with ranchers, range-riders and local authorities, according to a policy outlined by the Department of Fish and Wildlife this week.Fish and Wildlife says exact locations, dra