Washington Authorizes Killing of Entire Wolf Pack

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A pack of wolves will pay the ultimate price for feeding on the wrong prey.

Washington state wildlife biologists are now authorized to kill a wolf pack in Profanity Peak in Ferry County, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) said in a statement Friday. The pack had at least 11 members – six adults and five pups.

The wolves have reportedly been feeding on cattle in a grazing area. Biologists confirmed that one injured calf was hurt by wolves and they believe that two more calves were killed by the pack.

On Aug. 3, the WDFW authorized a partial removal of the pack after finding five cows injured or dead, KREM-TV reports. Two days later, two female wolves were shot and the cow attacks stopped. They have since resumed.

“We said we would restart this operation if there was another wolf attack, and now we have three,” said Donny Martorello, WDFW wolf policy lead, said in the statement. “The department is committed to wolf recovery, but we also have a shared responsibility to protect livestock from repeated depredation by wolves.”

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SOURCE: U.S. News & World Report, Rachel Dicker