The decision to kill wolves in retaliation for livestock predations, especially in this area, the Old Profanity Territory (OPT), is rife with controversy: In 2016, the entire Profanity Peak wolf pack was killed off by the state.
"The OPT wolves reside on land that was once home to the Profanity Peak pack, a family that was obliterated by WDFW officials in 2016 in an effort to stop depredation on livestock," Maggie Howell, executive director of the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), told The Dodo. "Two years later, WDFW is back to kill wolves in the same area. Beyond being cruel, lethal action (i.e., killing wolves) is clearly not working."
Killing wolves to protect livestock could even make the problem worse. "Peer-reviewed research suggests that killing predators can result in increased attacks on livestock by survivors," Howell said, citing new research issued this week.