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Washington OKs killing 1 wolf in pack after cattle attacks

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SPOKANE — Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind has authorized the killing of one wolf because of cattle attacks in Northeast Washington.

The Smackout wolf pack has attacked cattle on private and public land in Stevens and Pend Oreille counties, the Capital Press reported.

The agency said non-lethal deterrents employed by ranchers have not stopped the predations. The wolf pack crossed the line for the department to consider lethal control when it killed two calves and injured two others in August.

Removing one wolf from the pack’s territory should not slow wolf recovery in Washington, officials said.

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