SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington wildlife officials are scouting for what could be the state's third breeding wolf pack.
The Spokesman-Review says an agency wolf specialist recently trapped and radio-collared a 50-pound young gray wolf in Pend Oreille County near the Canada border. Now officials are going to follow the animal to see if it came from a den in British Columbia or Washington.
A breeding pack was confirmed farther south in Pend Oreille County last year.
The number of confirmed breeding packs in the state eventually could change the wolf's endangered species status. A state wolf management plan is expected to be released this winter.
Washington's first documented wolf pack since the 1920s was found in 2008 in western Okanogan County.
Another wolf pack is suspected to be roaming the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness Area along the Washington-Oregon border.