(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)
One cow killed in confirmed wolf depredation, other cow died of unknown reasons…
The WDFW announced on June 17 that a confirmed wolf depredation occurred on livestock in Northern Stevens County. Two cow carcasses were discovered by ranchers on June 10 and WDFW staff investigated the attack on June 12. One cow died from a wolf depredation, according to WDFW. Both cows were grazing on private leased property within the Wedge Pack Territory.
Proactive, non-lethal deterrents (range riding, human presence, monitoring via trail camera, and hazing of wolves when seen) were in place at the time of the depredation.
One of the cows was seen to have bit wounds on the tail, both rear legs, right elbow and throat. WDFW classified this as a wolf depredation. The other cow showed no signs of exterior injury and its status for cause of death was unconfirmed. Both cows had also been scavenged on by other animals.
A trail camera placed by a Stevens County Special Deputy Jeff Flood.
The carcasses were left to be scavenged and will be monitored near daily for further interactions as cattle are no longer in the area. Trail cameras were placed on the carcasses to continue to monitor activity.