Washington state wolf populations grow 3 percent in 2018

Wolf populations are experiencing modest growth and expansion in Washington state, according to an annual report. ©Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Wolf populations continue to expand in Washington state, according to an annual report. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s annual wolf report documented at least 126 gray wolves (Canis lupus), 27 packs and 15 breeding pairs. While previous survey years reported higher growth, wildlife managers said the lower numbers reflect the populations reaching a healthy limit. The report also documented the first wolf pack west of the Cascade crest and confirmed the first wolves in the South Cascades, though pack activity has not yet been confirmed. 

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