Washington officials announced plans Friday to kill a pack of at least eight gray wolves that have been attacking livestock in the state's northeast corner.
The move is likely to setback wolf recovery efforts, though state officials said the step was necessary for sustainable, long-term wolf recovery in the region.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said two teams were in the field Friday to try to kill members of the Wedge Pack, which ranges over a remote area of northern Stevens County. Marksmen would hunt the wolves from the ground, and if those efforts were unsuccessful, they might use helicopters to aid their hunt, Director Phil Anderson said in a statement.
These wolves deserve a life they are already on the verge of extinction, we need to act now or the wolves will be gone forever.