As alarming as it may sound, it is true: endangered wolves in Washington are threatened once more. It is because eleven individuals have been attacking people’s cattle, and the damages they cause must stop.
Officials say that the wolf pack responsible for the damage is called Profanity Peak, and it has eleven members, cubs among them. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is in charge of the solution of the problem, and they have already killed two of the pack members.
The endangered wolves are gray wolves and started feeding on cattle in July, when owners reported the disappearance of their animals, and eventually found them either dead or severely injured. By the beginning of August, two of the wolves had already been shot, and officials thought about giving up their eradication plan. They changed their minds when other three attacks from wolves occurred. As a result, the rest of the pack will be killed.
Donny Martorello declared on behalf of The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:
“At that time, we said we would restart this operation if there was another wolf attack, and now we have three. The department is committed to wolf recovery, but we also have a shared responsibility to protect livestock from repeated depredation by wolves.”
Authorities are also aware of the fact that this is an “extreme” measure, as they themselves call it. Their initial plan was to remove only half of the pack, but it seems that the danger is still there for the livestock.
There are about 90 gray wolves in Washington, and they make up 19 packs. The Profanity Peak pack, the one responsible for the recent attacks, consists of six adults and five cubs. Authorities acknowledge the fact that reducing the population of wolves intervenes with the other decisions they have been making throughout the years in order to protect endangered wolves.
There have been similar incidents in Oregano too: last March four wolves were killed for the same reason, which is feeding on livestock. Two sheep and four cattle were found dead.
Although there are times, like these ones, when authorities are forced to do such extremes actions, they will never cease their efforts of protecting endangered animals, wolves included.
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