SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — State wildlife officials say a dead cow found in northeastern Washington state was likely killed and partially consumed by wolves.
The cow was found Saturday in Ferry County by officials from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The agency says the carcass suffered numerous bite wounds, accompanied by hemorrhaging. Wolf tracks were also seen at the site.
In addition, data from GPS-collared wolves belonging to the OPT pack showed they were in the vicinity.
Based on those factors, the agency has classified this event as a confirmed wolf depredation.
Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind is considering what steps to take next in this case.
Last year, the agency killed some members of the OPT pack that were preying on livestock.