Killing wolves to protect livestock doesn't even work, a recent study showed. In fact, it can backfire. For each wolf killed, the odds that other wolves will prey on nearby farm animals actually increase.
Despite this, the remaining members of the Profanity Peak wolf pack are now being hunted by the state. They have been living in the Kettle mountain range since at least 2014, according to Defenders of Wildlife.
"It's a disappointing day when the state has to move forward with the last resort of lethal control, but we have come to that day," Shawn Cantrell, Northwest program director for Defenders of Wildlife, said in a statement. "Removing members of the Profanity Peak wolf pack is a loss to wolf recovery efforts in the region. The best thing to do is to learn from this sad outcome and redouble our collective efforts to proactively prevent future livestock-wolf conflicts."