By MATTHEW WEAVER
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed a new wolf pack near Wenatchee and expects more to turn up this year.
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 northeastern 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 Wolfpack has at least two members. Photos taken by a remote camera on March 24 show the wolves.
"It makes it official," Martorello said. "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 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 1.5-year-old female that dispersed from 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.