Washington wolf population up 24%

Washington’s wolf population climbed for the 12th straight year. Credit: WDFW

The state of Washington’s wolf population continued to grow last year, reaching its highest levels in recent years since wolves have begun returning to the state. The state’s annual wolf report counted a minimum of 132 wolves (Canis lupus) in 24 packs. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation reported another 46 wolves in five packs. The numbers represent a 24% increase in the state’s wolf population and the 12th straight year of population growth.

Read the report here.

How does the state count wolves? Watch the video below to find out.