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WA: Gray wolf captured, fitted with tracking collar in Skagit County

by KOMO Staff

MARBLEMOUNT, Wash. –Wildlife officials have made a first in the North Cascades: capturing a gray wolf and fitting it with a GPS tracking collar.

The wolf was found near Marblemount and blood samples recently confirmed it was a gray wolf, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says.

Wildlife officials believe it is a lone wolf and that there have not been sightings of other wolves in the area.

To report gray wolf sightings in the state, go here.

The North Cascades National Park says there have been sightings of gray wolves in the park since one was spotted in 1984 at Ross Lake.

The park says other sightings have been made at McAlester Pass, Pasayten Wilderness and Twisp River drainage of the Okanogan National Forest, Glacier Peak Wilderness, and Stevens Pass.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has identified wolf packs in the state. All are east of the Cascades.