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Livestock Documented Not Far from Profanity Peak Wolf Den, Research Concludes

posted May 18, 2017, 7:50 AM by chloe owens

3/29/17, by Travis Pittman, King

Livestock documented not far from Profanity Peak wolf den, research concludes

Livestock killed by a wolf pack located at Profanity Peak in Ferry County, leading to lethal measures by the state to get rid of the wolves, were documented to be near the pack's den. That's according to a Washington State University researcher. But his findings may be creating a rift with the university. The killing of livestock last summer prompted the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in August to remove the wolf pack lethally -- a controversial decision that pitted ranchers against wolf advocates. But the effort to remove them was called off in October after the state had killed about a dozen wolves. Dr. Robert Wielgus, associate professor and director of the Large Carnivore Conservation Lab at WSU released his latest findings Tuesday. He also says that salt blocks, used by livestock to obtain essential minerals, were observed less than 700 feet from the den.