The WDFW authorized the rancher to shoot any wolves that approach the flock, and over the weekend sent a team of hunters into the area by helicopter to cull at least four members of the pack.
Hunters working with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are set to cull several wolves from southern Stevens County after a spree of predatory attacks that left 17 sheep dead and many more wounded. According to the WDFW, wildlife officials and a state rancher are working to move a flock of 1,800 sheep away from the area after four attacks in a forest near the small town of Hunters in the past month. Experts believe that wolves from the Huckleberry Pack are responsible for killing the sheep.
“The rancher has four large guard dogs and camps alongside his flock at night,” WDFW wildlife program director Nate Pamplin said in a press release. “Yet, the attacks have continued, even after the department sent four members of our wildlife-conflict staff and an experienced range-rider to help guard the sheep and begin moving them out of the area.”
The WDFW authorized the rancher to shoot any wolves that approach the flock, and over the weekend sent a team of hunters into the area by helicopter to cull at least four members of the pack. Although no wolves have yet been killed, the move immediately brought criticism from the animal advocacy group the Center for Biological Diversity.