(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)
CATTLE ATTACKED: Wolf depredations on both private and public land confirmed by WDFW…
On Monday, Sept. 9, the WDFW announced that a calf had been killed by wolves in Garfield County, the latest in a number of depredations that the agency has announced statewide.
A range-rider found a dead 450-pound calf on private land and, after reporting it to WDFW, it was confirmed that it was a wolf attack due to wolf tracks present and evidence the carcass had been dragged and wounds consistent with a wolf attack.
The wolves are probably from the Grouse Flats pack which had three depredations in 2018 and two depredation incidents so far in 2019.
The livestock producer who owns the affected livestock monitors the herd by range riding five days a week, maintains regular human presence in the area, uses Fox lights in their pastures, removes sick and injured livestock from the grazing area until they are healed, removes or secures livestock carcasses to avoid attracting wolves to the rest of the herd, and calves away from known wolf high activity areas.
Calves are typically at least 200 lbs. before turnout.
TOGO PACK HAS ANOTHER DEPREDATION
On Aug. 31, WDFW determined that the Togo Pack attacked a calf on the Kettle River Range in Ferry County.
According to the Capital Press, this was the fifth confirmed depredation on cattle a month ago when the agency announced the pack was in lethal removal protocol.
Despite the announcement of lethal removal, no wolves have been removed from the Togo pack, which contains two wolves.
The agency determined the depredation because of bite wounds on the calf. The wounds were less than 12 hours old. The calf was treated and released on a private pasture.
WDFW SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENT
WDFW is currently accepting comments on the scope of an updated wolf conservation and management (post-recovery) plan. The deadline for submitting comments is Nov. 1, 2019 at 5 p.m.
WDFW has scheduled three online, interactive webinars this September and October to discuss this effort. While public comment won’t be accepted during the webinars, the goal is to both educate about wolves and share ways that people can voice their thoughts to WDFW concerning wolf management. This input will help to inform the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) process that will be used to develop a post-recovery plan for wolves.