Fish and Wildlife says ‘no’ to Sanctuary offer

Washington State Fish and Wildlife officials have rejected an offer by a California wolf sanctuary to take the remaining targeted wolves from the Profanity Peak pack in Ferry County, according to a story in the Seattle Times.

The wolf pack has been targeted by WDFW after several cattle were killed on grazing allotments in the Sherman Pass area of Ferry County. Several wolves from the pack, which roams between Republic and the Columbia River have already been lethally removed by WDFW.

“We received the proposal to relocate the remaining Profanity Peak pack members to California, but the approach just isn’t feasible,” Eric Gardner, assistant director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said in an emailed statement.

The co-founders of the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center in the Los Padres Mountains of Ventura County, Lorin Lindner and Matthew Simmons, offered to use helicopters to find and tranquilize the wolves, then move them to the preserve, the Seattle Times story said.

The pack was effectively cut by half in August after six of the wolves were killed following the series of attacks on livestock grazing on public land in the Colville National Forest.

Lindner and Gardner traveled to Ferry County earlier in September to talk to local and state officials about providing the non-lethal alternative.

“We knew it was a last-ditch effort,” Simmons told the Seattle Times. “Bringing wolves into a sanctuary should be a last option, but we think it’s a viable one if the alternative is killing the animals.”

But the WDFW said the preserve plan wasn’t feasible.

Gardner added “We know from experience that darting and capturing wolves when there isn’t any snow on the ground to slow them down isn’t practical.”

WDFW hasn’t commented, at least up until now, on the fate of the remaining wolves in the Profanity pack.