Two wolves in Eastern Washington were killed in November, likely the victims of poaching.
The wolves were both females. At least one was killed in Stevens County.
According to state officials, the wolves were collared by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The collar on one of them had stopped working and wildlife officers checked the last known coordinate. They found the wolf shot dead.
“This is beyond sad and disappointing. We work so hard on a fair wolf recovery process that includes everyone so that there's local acceptance. So many interests have put so much into this effort. But one bad apple can do so much damage. It's an unjust irony that the term 'lone wolf' is applied to mass shooters,” said Conservation Northwest Executive Director Mitch Friedman.
The wolves are members of the Smackout and Dirty Shirt packs.
WDFW currently has no leads for suspects. Conservation Northwest is also offering a $10,000 reward for information about the killings.