Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Field reports: Wolf pack confirmed; another being hunted

WILDLIFE -- The Colville Tribe confirmed Washington's ninth wolf pack last week as it trapped and released a 104-pound gray wolf.

The new pack has been called the Strawberries Pack.
The wolf is the third to be captured, fitted with a GPS collar and released on the Colville Indian Reservation in three months.

The wolves captured and released in the spring were a 68-pound female and a 72-pound male as the tribe confirmed the state's eighth pack, dubbed the Nc'icn Pack.

The tribe is working on a wolf management plan that's separate from the Washington wolf plan adopted last year to deal with wolves as they naturally move back into their former range.
Meanwhile, Washington Fish and Wildlife officers confirmed on Friday that two more cattle had been killed by Wedge Pack wolves in northern Stevens County.

That brings the number of Diamond M Ranch cattle killed or injured since mid-July to at least 12.
Officers have been trying for two weeks to kill some of the Wedge wolves and disperse the pack.