Breeding female wolf illegally shot and killed in Stevens County


STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. — A breeding female wolf was illegally shot and killed in Stevens County at the end of May, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed. 

According to the monthly wolf report, the female wolf was found dead from a gunshot wound in the Wedge pack territory, specifically on private property in the Sheep Creek area. 

Anyone with information about the poaching is asked to call WDFW at 360-902-2928 or by texting WDFWTIP to 847411. 

Anyone who provides information that helps lead to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $7,500 or bonus points for special permit hunting opportunities. 

This was the third wolf mortality documented by WDFW in 2021. A report released earlier this year indicated the state’s wolf population increased by an estimated 33 animals in 2020, with fewer lethal removals due to wolf-livestock conflict. 

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