NESPELEM, Wash. (AP) — Officials with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation are making plans to manage a growing population of wolves in northeast Washington.
Remote cameras have photographed at least three wolves, and officials think as many as nine may be living on the reservation.
Tribal wildlife manager Randy Friedlander says the reports of wolf tracks, wolf kills and howling have become more frequent.
Tribal Fish and Wildlife Director Joe Peone told The Wenatchee World (http://is.gd/hPK61I ) the management plan could include removing animals, if the population exceeds more than tribal members want.
Wolves haven’t lived on the reservation for about 80 years. The tribe plans to trap and radio collar wolves this spring to develop the management plan.
Information from: The Wenatchee World, http://www.wenatcheeworld.com