"The purpose of this action is to change the pack's behavior, while also meeting the state's wolf-conservation goals," Donny Martorello, WDFW's lead wolf manager, said in a release. "That means incrementally removing wolves and assessing the results."
The wolves — who are likely in the middle of raising young pups born in the late spring and early summer — will be shot from helicopters or on the ground, or caught in traps.
Ranchers allow their cattle to graze on public lands leased from the government, and this can come into conflict with wolves, who were nearly extirpated from the region at the beginning of the 20th century because of hunting and habitat loss. Now, the state wants wolves to thrive again — except when they're thriving a little too close to the interests of ranchers.