A 50-pound juvenile wolf was shot and killed Sunday by a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife marksman in the Kettle River Range in Ferry County, the department reported Tuesday.
The wolf was one of four seen by a helicopter crew. The department said distinguishing between an adult and juvenile from the air is difficult this time of year because of the size of the young wolves.
The pack has been preying on cattle in the Colville National Forest in an area that Fish and Wildlife calls the Old Profanity Peak territory after a former pack.
The department confirmed Monday that the pack had killed a cow. The cow was likely killed before the wolf was shot, according to the department.
The department previously confirmed that the pack had killed at least one calf and injured at least four more.
Fish and Wildlife says removing wolves as a last resort to stop attacks on livestock is consistent with the state’s overall plan to re-establish wolves in Washington. A Thurston County judge Friday denied a request by environmental groups to block the department from killing a wolf.