Old Profanity wolfpack attacks more calves

Wolves are a state-protected species in Washington. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has refined its policy on when it will consider shooting wolves to protect livestock.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife belatedly confirmed Friday that a wolfpack continues to attack cattle in the Kettle River Range in northeast Washington.

The Old Profanity Territory pack injured three calves between Oct. 5 and 11, according to the department. The cattle were grazing on a Forest Service allotment in the Colville National Forest in Ferry County.

The department has documented 15 attacks by the pack since Sept. 4. The three most recent attacks occurred since the department shot an adult female in the pack Sept. 28. Previously, the department shot a juvenile wolf.

The pack now has at least one adult and one juvenile. The department did not indicate in a statement posted online whether it would remove other wolves. Efforts to reach the department were unsuccessful.

Other sources said that Fish and Wildlife confirmed Sunday that wolves in an area occupied by the Smackout pack in Stevens County killed a calf. Fish and Wildlife did not mention the attack in its statement.

The number of attacks by the Old Profanity Territory pack crossed the three-depredation in 30 days threshold in early September for the department to consider “incremental removal,” killing one or two wolves. If attacks continue, the department will consider removing more wolves, according to the protocol.

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