OLYMPIA, Washington – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports increased wolf activity in Walla Walla, Garfield, Columbia and Asotin counties. The agency said there were two confirmed acts of depredations on livestock in the Grouse Flats area in August and early September.
Due to the increase, the Grouse Flats livestock owner has increased the frequency of range riders, human presence, and fox lights across District 3. In addition, two wildlife conflict specialists have been deployed to monitor both private pastures and federal allotments.
“Both wildlife conflict specialists, along with other WDFW personnel have received multiple reports of wolves, wolf tracks and scat observed across the district,” the agency reported in its most recent wolf activity update. “Wildlife conflict staff members continue to work closely with producers and the United States Forest Service range managers to prevent any further wolf-livestock conflict.
No conflicts have been reported since the confirmed depredation of a 600-pound calf on Sept. 1. To report a wolf sighting or signs of wolves, people can call 877-933-9847 or fill out an online wolf reporting form at https://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/gray_wolf/reporting/.