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State officials: Killing of wolf pack suspended

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Remote camera image of pups from another wolf pack, the Diamond Pack in Pend Oreille County, Wash., July 2009 (Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Natural Resources)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP)  — State officials say after fatally shooting seven wolves, efforts to kill a wolf pack in northeast Washington have ended.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Wednesday it will not pursue the remaining members of the Profanity Peak wolf pack.

Agency Director Jim Unsworth lifted his order authorizing staff to take lethal action because most livestock are being moved off federal grazing allotments in the Colville National Forest.

Officials report the pack has an adult female and three juveniles remaining.

But he says if the remaining wolves prey on livestock they will be killed.

Unsworth says the goal of the action was to stop predations on livestock for the near future.

As of Oct. 3, the agency had documented 15 dead or injured cattle, including 10 confirmed and five probable wolf depredations.