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100% wolf: Washington's first confirmed wolf pack

Jul 23, 2008
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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed that two collared adult wolves in the Methow are wild wolves.

100% wolf: Washington's first confirmed wolf pack

A collared adult caught on a Conservation Northwest remote camera Photo © Conservation Northwest

View a "flipbook" of the wolf pups taken by our remote camera.

Ten years after launching their first wilderness survey with a remote camera, Conservation Northwest captured images of six wolf pups and a collared adult on Monday.

Learn the latest about Washington's wolves.

Two collared adults from the central Washington wolf pack–the "Lookout Pack"–were confirmed as 100% wolf by DNA testing by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Lookout Pack of the Methow Valley is the first wolf pack in Washington since the 1930s. Genetically they are related to wolves from BC or Alberta, and made their way to Washington from there.

In a study from Oregon State University on the Olympic National Park, wolves were found to help riparian ecosystems by controlling populations of elk that eat young trees that stabilize stream banks.

Oregon also recently reported its first wolf pack since the predator was wiped out by bounty hunting a century ago.

The discovery of a wolf pack in north-central Washington comes soon after the decision by a federal judge to restore protection for wolves in the Northern Rockies, including the eastern third of Washington State, until a judge makes a final ruling in the case. To plan for the return of wolves to Washington, the Department of Fish and Wildlife has assembled a group of stakeholders including Conservation Northwest to create a state conservation and management plan for wolves.

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