Study Confirms 27 Wolves, 3 Breeding Pair in Washington
Last month’s survey work yielded these details about Washington’s five confirmed wolf packs:
- Diamond Pack, in Pend Oreille County and Idaho, numbers 10 wolves, including a breeding pair with at least two pups. A 2-year-old, radio-collared, female wolf was legally trapped and killed in Idaho in December before the count was made. Another radio-collared female from the pack was last located in November in Idaho and is currently missing; a third radio-collared female remains with the pack.
- Smackout Pack, in Stevens and Pend Oreille counties, numbers five wolves, including a successful breeding pair with three pups. None have radio collars.
- Salmo Pack, in Pend Oreille County and British Columbia, includes three wolves. One wolf with a VHF radio collar is still being monitored.
- Teanaway Pack, in Kittitas County, numbers seven wolves, including a successful breeding pair with at least two pups. The breeding female is equipped with a GPS radio collar and still is being monitored.
- Lookout Pack, in Okanogan County includes two wolves with no pups; neither has a functioning radio collar.
More information on the packs and summaries of the 2011 count is available at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/gray_wolf/ . WDFW also will provide state totals in a 2011 annual report to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service later this month.
Beach noted that any news of additional wolves confirmed through field work later this year will also be posted on the WDFW wolf webpage.
Reports of possible wolf sightings can be made to WDFW’s wildlife reporting line by calling 1 (877) 933-9847.