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WA: State wildlife agents kill member of wolf pack preying on cattle

by Associated Press

Gray wolf (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, File)

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has killed one of the three members of an endangered wolf pack in the northeastern corner of the state, hoping that deters the pack from attacking more livestock.

The non-breeding female member of the Wedge wolf pack was killed on Monday, reducing the pack to two known members.

The WDFW says this pack has repeatedly preyed on cattle on public and private grazing lands in Stevens County.

The killing came just four days after conservation groups petitioned Gov. Jay Inslee to order the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to draft new rules that limit when the state can kill wolves.