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State releases photo of newest wolf pack members

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has released a photograph of the state's newest wolf pack.

Photographed March 24 using a remote camera near Wenatchee, two wolves are seen with the carcass of an elk.

A pack must have two or more wolves traveling together, said Donny Martorello, carnivore section manager for the department.

The department expects more wolf packs by spring or summer in Washington, particularly Chelan and Okanogan counties, Martorello said.

"As the habitats start to fill up, those wolves that are leaving those packs, those sub-adult animals, are looking for new territories," he said. "There might already be packs out there we're not aware of."

According to the department, the Wenatchee wolf pack has at least two members.

"We'll continue to monitor that pack throughout the year and see if that pack produces a litter of pups this year and at least two of those pups survive to the end of December," Martorello said.

Martorello said the department will attempt to capture and collar members of the pack.

According to the department, one member of the pack is suspected to be a 1 1/2-year-old female that left the Teanaway Pack. The female wolf was observed Feb. 11 in the Entiat Mountains of Chelan County. Staff captured it in September 2011 as a juvenile and ear tags were placed in both ears.




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