State officials have called off orders to kill four members of a wolf pack in Northeastern Washington.
The Wedge Pack has had repeated run-ins with livestock on the Diamond M ranch.
Earlier this month officials with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife killed a female member of the pack in an attempt to prevent further cattle loss.
Since then, one calf has been killed and another injured.
That prompted the department to issue a kill order for four more members of the pack. Officials estimate there are up to 11 pack members total.
“We’re convinced that this pack is killing livestock and they’re doing it repeatedly,” says Dave Ware, the game division manager for the Department of Fish and Wildlife. “That’s why we initiated this action.”
For over a week the Department of Fish and Wildlife has been out hunting for members of the Wedge Pack with no success.
Seven environmental groups sent a letter calling on the agency to stop the hunt.
On Thursday the Department of Fish and Wildlife agreed. Officials there said they will consider removing more wolves from the Wedge Pack if the predation continues.
There are eight confirmed wolf packs in Washington. A new pack was just confirmed in Oregon this week.
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