2012-10-07. State learns sad lesson with Wedge Pack wolf hunt

posted Oct 12, 2012, 4:12 PM by Lisa Ou
 | by Nicholas K. Geranios, The Seattle Times. An article relevant to GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 1. Excerpt: …The Wedge Pack of wolves has killed between 40 and 50 head of cattle on his Diamond M Ranch, located near the Canadian border north of Kettle Falls, Stevens County, in Northeastern Washington. That prompted a huge effort by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to wipe out the pack, less than a year after adopting a plan to recover wolf populations in the state. The Wedge Pack needed to be wiped out because the wolves appeared to have switched from preying on deer, elk and moose and instead were focusing on cattle, state officials said. The expensive hunting effort — which included shooting wolves from helicopters — concluded last week...The hunt was expensive, although the costs have not been tallied yet, Ware said. They include four days of helicopter use, plus weeks of overtime for various state employees, Ware said. He said any future wolf hunts probably will not have to be on this scale.... Read the full article: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019372211_wolfhunt08m.html?prmid=4939