Probable Wolf Depredation Attributed To Washington’s Leadpoint Pack

Washington state Department of Fish and Wildfire crews were called to a possible wolf attack on a bull in the northeast corner of the state on Friday March 26th. While WDFW staff investigated, they determined the injured bull which triggered the call had not been attacked by a wolf. However, while on scene staff observed […]

WDFW Looks To Stop Importing Fish To Index Hatchery

A western Washington fish hatchery said it will stop importing steelhead trout from the Columbia River and instead rely on native fish. The State Department of Fish and Wildlife said last week using fish from the region helps maintain genetic diversity of steelhead trout in the Skykomish River near the community of Index about 60 […]

WDFW Reopens Western Washington Crab Fisheries

Recreational Dungeness crab fisheries on the Washington coast from areas north of Point Chehalis will reopen to crab fishing. This includes the popular waters of Grays Harbor. Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife fishery managers are able to reopen these specific coastal areas after testing showed domoic acid levels in crab met standards for […]

WDFW: Delisting Changes Little In Washington

With the Department of the Interior’s decision to remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act, wolf management in Washington now falls predominantly on the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. WDFW Wolf Coordinator Julia Smith said the delisting will not lead to many changes for the department since 21 of Washington’s 26 packs […]

Inslee Directs State To Rework Wolf Rulemaking Process

On Friday, Governor Jay Inslee sent a letter to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to initiate a new rulemaking process when it comes to wolf management. Last week’s letter comes following an appeal from the Center for Biological Diversity challenging WDFW’s current wolf management rules. CBD claims the state’s current rules fail to […]

WDFW Removes Wedge Pack

Last week, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife killed the two known remaining members of the Wedge wolf pack. The Department confirmed the killing of the adult male and adult female Thursday. WDFW said the former Stevens County pack was responsible for 16 depredations, with the last one coming August 1st. WDFW added it […]

Susewind Calls For Removal Of Leadpoint Pack Members

Last week, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind authorized the lethal removal of one to two wolves from the Leadpoint pack in northern Stevens County. Thursday’s announcement came in response to repeated depredations of cattle on private grazing lands. Since August 7th, WDFW staff have conducted multiple depredations, leading to six livestock […]

WDFW Removes Member Of Wedge Pack

On Monday, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the lethal removal of an adult, non-breeding female member of the Wedge wolf pack. The Department says this pack has repeatedly preyed on cattle on public and private grazing lands in Stevens County. On Thursday, WDFW Director Kelly Susewind authorized the removal of a wolf […]

4th Confirmed Wolf Depredation In Wedge Pack Territory

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife was called out to another wolf depredation on private pastureland in Stevens County last week. An 800-pound calf was found with bite wounds and lacerations on Wednesday June 17th. Investigators say this was the 4th depredation since May 11th to occur in the Wedge pack territory. WDFW investigators […]

WDFW: Togo Pack Responsible For Another Depredation

The Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife said the Togo pack was responsible for a wolf depredation in the NE corner of the state. The injured calf was reported Friday, June 5th in northern Ferry County. WDFW said the calf had injuries consistent with a wolf attack, including bite marks, punctures, lacerations, and a […]