YAKIMA, Wash.— The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation have opened a hunting season for gray wolves on their reservation that sprawls across 1.4 million acres in northeast Washington.
Tribal chairman John Sirois says wolves have reduced the number of deer and elk that tribal members hunt for food and that the tribe authorized a limited hunt to try to help find a balance between those populations. The tribe is allowing up to three wolves to be killed in each of three regions on the southern half of the reservation.
Earlier this year, Washington state officials garnered criticism for killing a northeast Washington wolf pack that had been preying on livestock. The state is working with ranchers to try to avoid conflicts in the future.
Washington has eight confirmed wolf packs.
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