US Senator complains about wolf pack killing in his own state02/10/2012 09:16:54 Washington State eliminates wolf pack
September 2102. Washington State Senator Kevin Ranker, who is the chairman of the Washington State Senate committee that oversees The Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), has issued a terse letter to the WDFW describing its recent decision to exterminate an entire wolf in Washington State as "a serious failure."
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) undertook the extermination of the pack of wolves in Northeast Washington and an agency marksman killed the pack's alpha male just south of the Canadian border. The alpha male wolf was shot from a helicopter; it was the last of the six of wolves from the Wedge Pack that were killed by the ‘Wildlife' Service, including the alpha female.
Ranker's letter outlines "deep concerns" over Fish and Wildlife's management of the Wedge Pack. He points out that state guidelines require ‘non-lethal methods of wolf management' be used first, something he said did not happen.
Press reports indicate that the Wedge wolf pack were preying on one ranchers stock, and that that rancher persuaded the WDFW to eliminate the pack despite the fact that that few serious efforts had been made to deter the Wedge pack from predating the livestock.
‘Reset the stage'
With the latest operation concluded, Anderson said the department would continue to monitor wolf activity in the Wedge region as it is doing in other parts of the state.
WDFW said that they undertook the removal of the Wedge Pack in an effort to put a stop to its persistent attacks on livestock from the herd of the Diamond M Ranch in northern Stevens County. Since July, the wolves had killed or injured at least 17 calves and cows from the herd.