I am writing to update you on two items:
On May 31, I shared with you that Department staff investigated and documented a confirmed wolf depredation (on May 30) on an 8-9 month old Holstein heifer on private property in southern Stevens County. I want to share some additional information.
Department staff and/or contract range rider assisted the producer with human presence this past week and deployed eight fox lights. Education on wolf behavior and appropriate deterrence measures also has taken place with theproducer. The wolf pack associated with the depredation has not been determined yet, as it is between the Huckleberry and Stranger packs. The pack associated with the depredation will be determined after more information on wolf movement patterns is gathered.
On June 5th, researchers at Washington State University captured and collared a yearling male (062M) wolf in the Goodman Meadows pack. There are now two active collars in the Goodman Meadows pack.
– Donny Martorello, WDFW Wolf Policy Lead