We are sorry to announce that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has taken lethal action in an effort to change the depredating behavior of the
Smackout wolf pack
, located in the northeastern part of Washington State. This pack has preyed on domestic cattle five times since September 2016, despite the many preventative efforts taken to deter them.
WDFW is following protocol developed and approved by the 18-member
Wolf Advisory Group
(WAG), of which Wolf Haven is a member.
The Washington Wolf Plan emphasizes the use of preventative measures, but allows for some limited lethal take when needed.
It is a terribly sad situation for the wolf family, who had already experienced the death of a female caught in the act of attacking livestock in June and a stressful time for producers working to coexist with wolves on the landscape. WDFW has killed two wolves and will now pause the lethal action to see if it was successful in changing the wolves' behavior.
We invite you to contact our executive director, Diane Gallegos, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.264.4695 x221 if you have questions or concerns about the lethal removal action.