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Update on Washington wolves Latest reports on key wolf activities, conservation efforts, and management actions.
July 31, 2017 Second wolf removed in Smackout pack; WDFW evaluating impact on pack’s behavior Background WDFW’s
2017 Wolf-Livestock Interaction Protocol describes tools and approaches designed to influence pack behavior with the goal of reducing the potential for recurrent livestock depredation while continuing to promote wolf recovery.
On July 20, WDFW notified the public that non-lethal deterrence measures were not achieving that goal in the Smackout pack territory, and that the director had authorized incremental lethal removal of wolves as another tool to address recurrent depredations. Protocol and management action The department’s approach to incremental removal consists of a period of active operations followed by an evaluation period to determine if those actions changed the pack’s behavior. The protocol states that once a removal operation has begun, the department will update the public weekly on the number of individuals removed.
Since July 20, the department has removed two wolves from the Smackout pack. As called for in the Protocol, the department has begun the evaluation period.