An adult female wolf in a pack that has been attacking cattle in the Kettle River Range of northeast Washington was shot and killed Friday by a state Department of Fish and Wildlife marksman.
The wolf was one of two adult wolves spotted by a Fish and Wildlife helicopter crew. The wolf that was killed is believed to be the pack’s breeding female, according to the department.
The pack is in the Colville National Forest in an area referred to by the department as the Old Profanity Territory, a reference to a former pack. Fish and Wildlife shot a juvenile wolf in the pack on Sept. 16.
Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind authorized the removal of the wolves Sept. 12 after the department confirmed that the pack had killed one calf and injured five others Sept. 4-7 on a U.S. Forest Service grazing allotment.
The department has since confirmed the pack killed an adult cow and injured five calves. The calves were attacked after the young wolf was killed.
The pack may still have one adult male and one juvenile, though the younger wolf was not seen this week, according to the department.
Fish and Wildlife has no plans to remove the rest of the pack, though it could lethally remove more wolves if attacks on livestock continue, according to the department.
The wolf shot Friday was the third killed by Fish and Wildlife this year to stop attacks on cattle. The other wolf was in the Togo pack, also in Ferry County.