In the ongoing saga with the Profanity Peak Pack, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the number of cattle kills by wolves has increased by two.
This bumps up the total to 13 since July 8. Three of those attacks were within a mile of the pack’s den or rendezvous site. The other ten were between two and 10 miles from the wolves’ activity centers. WDFW has removed six wolves so far, including three females, two adult males and one female pup. The wolves’ bodies were recovered by the state.
The Profanity Peak pack roams between Republic and Kettle Falls. It overlaps with federal grazing allotments which four livestock producers use for their 1,500 cattle.
State officials are flying helicopters and looking to shoot more members of the pack, which totals at least 11. The department has stated that the task is still very difficult considered the brushy, rugged terrain.
Several conservation groups have expressed sadness over the removal of the wolves. Members of the Wolf Advisory Group said the state agency is following protocol that they set up.
WSU associate professor and director of Large Carnivore Conservation Lab Rob Wielgus said ranchers put cattle right on top of the Profanity Peak den. Shortly after, Washington State University released a statement saying that some of Wielgus’ statements were inaccurate and inappropriate.
Last Thursday, 70 people gathered in front of the state DNR building in Olympia to protest the WDFW’s lethal removal of the Profanity Pack. The protest was initiated by the Center for Biological Diversity, which is based in Arizona.
More info can be found at http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/advisory/wag/
-By The Independent Staff