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Lookout pack poachers sentenced

Jul 11, 2012
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Three members of the White family of Twisp, WA, have been sentenced for their criminal roles in the poaching of members of the Cascade's Lookout wolf pack. The illegal killings reduced the pack to its present status of just two or three wolves, and the pack has not produced pups since.

Lookout pack poachers sentenced

Tom White and the Lookout wolf he killed

Three members of the White family of Twisp, Washington, have been sentenced for their criminal roles in the poaching of wolves in the Cascade's Lookout Pack.

The admitted crimes of the White family reduced the pack to its present status of just two or three wolves. The pack has yet to produce more pups.

Judge Frem Nielsen with the US District Court in Spokane added to prior plea agreements six months of home detention for Bill White and three months for Tom White. State charges on other wildlife related crimes remain pending.

Read Conservation Northwest's press statement on the sentencing

The Lookout Pack is Washington's pioneer pack. They were the first confirmed wolves in Washington in over 70 years. Six pups and several adults were documented in 2008 by remote cameras operated by Conservation Northwest, who are closely involved in wolf recovery efforts in the state.

The pack’s breeding male is descended from the BC Coast and genetically distinct from wolves that have migrated from Idaho. The pack denned in 2008 and 2009, but the breeding female disappeared in spring of 2010. 

In hopes that this will be the last such poaching episode of Washington’s wolves, Conservation Northwest maintains a poaching reward fund in partnership with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Read how one blogger approaches both sides of  the poaching issue.
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