By Roger Harnack
CHENEY – There’s been a slight increase in the number of wolves reported in southern Spokane County this year.
According to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s wolf tracking map, only three wolves were reported by residents in the county south of Spokane last year.
So far in 2019, the number of sightings reported to the state has doubled.
The most recent sighting reported on the online map at https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/at-risk/species-recovery/graywolf/observations was reported Sept. 22.
The lone wolf was spotted south of the city in the area south of West Salnave Road.
Other sightings in the area this year occurred:
March 13 – Between Cheney and Medical Lake, in the area east of South Silver Lake Road
March 13 – West of Fancher Butte, in the vicinity of South Ladd Road
April 17 – Northeast of Latah, in the area of Cove Creek
May 5 – Northwest of Mica, near Krell Hill
May 12 – Southeast of Williams Lake, near South Lake Road
In 2018, wolves were reportedly seen north Spangle along Paradise Road, east of Fairfield along South Bradshaw Road and north of Cheney along Andrus Road.