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Washington Rancher Agrees To Move Sheep Away From Wolves

A Stevens County sheep rancher has managed to move about 1,800 sheep to protect them from a pack of wolves.

by AP

A Stevens County sheep rancher has managed to move about 1,800 sheep to protect them from a pack of wolves that have killed at least two dozen of the animals this summer.

The Spokesman-Review reported Monday that Dave and Julie Dashiell decided to move their sheep to safety rather than wait for state wildlife officials to hunt and kill up to four wolves from the Huckleberry Pack, which hunts north of the Spokane Indian Reservation.

The ranchers tried numerous strategies to end the attacks, but none worked.

Wolves were killed off in Washington early in the last century. But starting in the early 2000s, they started moving back into the state from neighboring Idaho and Canada. The state estimates there are about 52 wolves in 13 packs.


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