Wolf population grew 30% in Washington last year, state says

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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)

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state says Washington’s wolf population grew by more than 30 percent last year and formed four new packs.

The annual survey by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife found at least 68 gray wolves in the state through Dec. 31, 2014.

That was up from at least 52 wolves counted in 2013.

The state also found there are now 16 wolf packs and at least five successful breeding pairs.

Gray wolves were all but eliminated from western states in the last century, but are now recovering in several states.

All of the wolves counted last year were in Eastern Washington, where there have been conflicts between wolves and ranchers.

The state says at least 10 wolves died in 2014, and the animals killed 35 sheep.


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  • Think about it i dare you

    i hope one of you liberal granola crunching idiots get taken out by a pack of these wolfs it would serve you right they are not necessary to reintroduce now you wanna bring back grizzly bears you morons are soo stupid stop bringing back dangerous animals it does no one any good there is no reason behind it