Washington state OKs killing of 2 wolves in Columbia County


By Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press

via Post Register (ID) - Nov 16, 2021


SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) The state of Washington on Wednesday approved the killing of up to two wolves for preying on cattle in an area of new wolf pack activity in Columbia County in the southeastern part of the state.


The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife believes there are four adults and four pups in this new pack, located in the southeastern corner of the state.


WDFW has documented four depredation events affecting two different livestock producers resulting in one dead and four injured livestock since August 25. All events except one were considered confirmed wolf depredation incidents, the agency said.


The two ranchers involved took numerous proactive deterrence measures, the agency said. That included hiring range riders, with herding dogs present; regular checks on cattle; use of lights on pasture; removing carcasses of dead cattle and hazing wolves away from pastures...