Shooters reduce Profanity Peak Pack by two wolves, so far

ENDANGERED SPECIES — Two gray wolves in Ferry County have been killed by helicopter gunners after the Profanity Peak Pack was linked to killing livestock, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports.

Staff has been in the field every day since Aug. 4 after agency Director Jim Unsworth authorized killing a portion of the pack as a last resort after failed attempts to deter the attacks.  More wolves in the pack of about 11 animals are being targeted.

Gray wolves are protected by Washington state endangered species rules but allowances are made for removing wolves that can’t be thwarted from attacking livestock.

Two adult female wolves were shot on Friday, Aug. 5, said Donny Martorello, department wolf program manager.

“One of the wolves was this year’s breeding female,” he said.  “We were not targeting the breeding pair in this pack, but there is no way to identify the breeding animals during a removal operation, so there is always a chance a breeding animal may be killed.

“Given the age of the pups, we know that they are weaned, so the removal of the breeding female is not likely to impact their survival.  Typically, at this time of year, all of the remaining adults will provide food for the pups.”

The agency has not disclosed how many wolves will be killed.

As lethal removal efforts continue, the Diamond M Ranch livestock producers are continuing efforts to prevent wolf attacks on their cattle by using range riders to monitor activity around the herds, Martorello said.

No wolf depredation reports have been received since the lethal removal operation began, he said.

The Fish and Wildlife Department is posting updates on the effort on its Profanity Peak Pack webpage.

This is the third time the state agency has approved lethal removal operations since wolves were confirmed making a comeback in the state more than a decade ago.


8 thoughts on “Shooters reduce Profanity Peak Pack by two wolves, so far

  1. Below is the first comment on the story from the Spokesman-Review here in Spokane. Keep in mind we’re only a few miles from Idaho!

    “When animals reach “vermin” status the killing of them is a reality that cannot be escaped. More at fault are those that continue to promote the propagation of a species to the point of verminhood! Nowhere on earth has the wolf lived around people and did not need to be killed! Nowhere. No place in history NEVER! From Minnesota WI to Canada and Alaska. It is sad that some people use this as a way to get their “donate now” button pressed. Even sader are the one that actually do! Inevitable! “

  2. When foreign invaders come here and not only take all the land for themselves, but wipe out all natural wildlife for their own idiosyncratic reasons not based in fact but religion and myth, they should have been expelled. This continent would be a much different place if they had never been allowed to set foot here. We are plagued with these beliefs to this very day.

  3. The Diamond M Ranch sounds familiar. They are always complaining, and I don’t believe they do anything non-lethal either, despite what the articles say. In the past they haven’t. Just huff and puff and threaten, and of course the spineless fish and wildlife dept. jumps when they are told to. This is at least the second time those spineless wonders have gone out at the order of some rancher. I wish they would go into bankruptcy, I truly do. I know another commenter said that indigenous people shouldn’t be given a pass in all this, but I beg to differ. There might have been some killings, but nowhere near what Europeans did and their descendants still do. There never would have been a gov’t sponsored bounty with intent to rid the nation of them, with a mindset that continues centuries later, and an egotistical hunter to proclaim that they have no use!

    • Owner of the Diamond M Ranch, Bill McIrvine grazes his cattle on public land (surprise!), and starts demanding lethal action whenever wolves come around The state always obliges.

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