The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have confirmed a new wolf pack near the towns of Twisp and Omak in Washington State. The new pack will be designated as the Loup Loup Pack, reflecting a prominent place name within the pack’s range in the Methow Valley.
Following up on a cluster of public wolf sightings in north-central Washington, WDFW, working in coordination with USDA Wildlife Services and the Service, identified a group of wolves previously undocumented in the area. Further investigation, including ground surveys, confirmed the presence and consistent use of the area by multiple wolves.
WDFW and partner agencies will continue to monitor the new group over winter and will attempt to capture and fit one of the wolves with a radio collar in summer 2016 to monitor the new pack.
The gray wolf is federally listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, and the Service is the primary agency responsible for managing wolves in the western two-thirds of Washington, including the area where the new pack was confirmed. Wolves are listed statewide as endangered by the State of Washington.
As gray wolves continue to expand among a growing human population, the Service will continue to take a balanced approach to management to accommodate for both. The Service and WDFW will continue to work together to reduce conflicts between wolves and livestock grazing in the state.
To report sightings or other evidence of wolves in Washington (tracks, scat, howling, and photos/video from motion-sensitive remote cameras), visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/