GARFIELD COUNTY, WA - On August 30th, a dead calf in a fenced pasture was discovered on private land in Garfield County. Livestock producers reported the calf to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, who conducted an investigation on site.
At the site, WDFW staff noted multiple wolf tracks along with evidence the carcass had been dragged. The damage to the carcass was indicative of wolf depredation. In addition, location data from the collared wolf in the Grouse Flats pack showed at least one member of the pack in the vicinity during the approximate time the calf died. Based on the combination of tissue damage, wolf tracks, and wolf locations, WDFW staff classified this event as a confirmed wolf depredation.
The WDFW says the livestock producer who owns the affected livestock monitors the herd by range riding five days a week, maintains regular human presence in the area, uses fox lights in their pastures, removes sick and injured livestock from the grazing area until they are healed, and keeps calves away from known wolf high activity areas.
The Grouse Flats pack was involved in three depredation incidents in 2018 and two previous depredation incidents in 2019 on July 8 and July 22, totaling four in approximately 10 months.