This is a weekly update for the Togo pack following the lethal removal authorization by WDFW Director Kelly Susewind on Aug. 9.
WDFW has not removed any wolves since the authorization. The lethal removal period is currently ongoing. Since the last weekly update on Aug. 23, there has been one additional depredation investigated and confirmed in the Togo pack territory.
On Aug. 23, WDFW investigated a dead calf on a U.S. Forest Service allotment in the Togo pack territory. The calf had bite lacerations and puncture wounds to the left hock, both flanks and rear legs, right side of the lower neck, and the nose, face, and ear. The investigation revealed hemorrhaging in the underlying tissue adjacent to bite lacerations and puncture wounds. The majority of the carcass had been consumed and the calf remains were removed from the range. The combination of bite wounds and lacerations with associated hemorrhaging were consistent with wolf depredation.
On Aug. 9, WDFW Director Kelly Susewind reauthorized the lethal removal of the two remaining wolves from the Togo pack in response to repeated depredation of cattle on grazing lands in the Kettle River range of Ferry County under the guidance of the state's Wolf Conservation and Management Plan and the lethal removal provisions of the department's wolf-livestock interaction protocol. This is the third time (Aug. 20, 2018, Nov. 7, 2018, and Aug. 9, 2019) Director Susewind has authorized lethal removal in the Togo pack since a pattern of depredations started on November 2, 2017. The Department removed one wolf on Sept. 2, 2018 under a previous authorization.
The Department has confirmed seven wolf depredations by the Togo pack in the last 30 days, eight in the last 10 months, and 15 since Nov. 2017. During one of those depredations, a livestock producer shot a wolf during a caught-in-the-act scenario where the producer responded to a wolf depredating their livestock. Depredation activity and agency wolf removals are summarized in each monthly wolf update.
WDFW will keep the public informed about this activity through weekly updates. The next update will be on Sept. 6.
2019 Togo pack updates
WDFW will provide a final report on this and any other lethal removal operations during 2019 in the Washington Gray Wolf Conservation and Management 2019 Annual Report, which will be published during spring 2020. For a summary of removal operations in the Togo pack during 2018, please see page 28 of the Washington Gray Wolf Conservation and Management 2018 Annual Report.
A summary of all documented depredation activity within the past ten months is included in every monthly wolf update.