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Wildlife managers kill gray wolf in NE Wash.

By Associated Press
Aug 08, 2012

State wildlife managers have killed a female gray wolf they say preyed on livestock in northeast Washington state.

Fish and Wildlife officials said they shot the animal Tuesday following a series of wolf attacks on a herd in Stevens County near the Canadian border.

Agency director Phil Anderson says the decision was made after officials determined it wouldn't affect wolf recovery objectives and after non-lethal efforts were used to protect livestock. The wolf killed was part of the Wedge pack.

Officials are attempting this week to remove a second wolf in the area.

The group Conservation Northwest on Tuesday questioned whether enough non-lethal efforts were made to protect livestock from wolves.

Gray wolves are endangered under state law but are no longer federally protected in the eastern third of Washington. A state plan approved last December allows the state to kill wolves that attack livestock.

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