Killing NE Wash. wolf pack cost $77K

Killing NE Wash. wolf pack cost $77K

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Killing NE Wash. wolf pack cost $77K

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 9:51 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The state Fish and Wildlife Department spent nearly $77,000 to kill seven wolves in a pack that had been preying on cattle in Stevens County in northeast Washington.

Only one wolf was killed in a 39-day ground hunt that cost nearly $55,000. The other six wolves were killed in a four-day period in September using a helicopter and a marksman that cost $22,000.

The Spokesman-Review reports the cost was disclosed in a letter the Department of Fish and Wildlife sent to state Sen. Kevin Ranker of Orcas Island, chairman of the legislative committee overseeing the department.

Ranker has criticized the decision to kill the Wedge pack and is planning a legislative hearing next year.

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