By Brandon Hansen/The Independent Staff
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife investigated another reported livestock attack in the Profanity Peak pack area. State officials confirmed an injured calf on Oct. 3, raising the number of depredations on livestock to 15.
WDFW said that seven of those 15 attacks on cattle have occurred since the department began lethally removing members of the Profanity Peak Pack on Aug. 4.
“Given this pattern, we do not believe recent lethal removals are likely to achieve the goal of stopping depredations in the near future,” Donny Martorello, WDFW Wolf Policy Lead said in a statement.
The state agency has already lethally removed seven wolves from the Profanity Peak Pack. No wolves have been lethally removed since Sept. 30. WDFW will continue its removal operation but reminded in a statement that the rugged and heavily timbered terrain makes it challenging.
WDFW investigates Dirty Shirt Pack attack
On October 2, the WDFW confirmed a livestock attack in the Dirty Shirt Pack area, which resulted in the injury of one cow. The Dirty Shirt Pack resides on the Stevens-Pend Oreille county border.
The livestock producer that owned the injured cow was using a DNR grazing allotment. The producer turned the livestock out grazing on June 5.
According to WDFW, the producer had checked on the livestock on a regular basis during the summer except when he was haying.