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Washington Wolf Packs: Teanaway

February 2013

The Teanaway pack has six members, including a successful breeding pair.

The breeding female of the Teanaway pack was re-captured in July 2012 to replace the radio collar that was originally placed on her in 2011.  

A yearling female, also radio-collared in 2011, dispersed from the Teanaway territory in March 2012 and traveled north and east into British Columbia where she was legally shot by a hunter in May 2012.

The pack is named for the Teanaway River, Ridge and Butte within its range in northern Kittitas County.

History

In response to remote camera images of a large wolf-like canids collected by citizen science volunteers in 2010, a survey effort that included WDFW, U.S. Forest Service (USFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Conservation Northwest, and the Western Transportation Institute, was conducted in the Teanaway Valley in the North Cascades. This effort produced multiple remote camera images of at least three large canids.

WDFW captured a lactating adult female in the pack in June 2011 and fitted her with a radio-collar. Genetic analysis confirmed this animal to be a descendant of the Lookout Pack. In September 2011, a yearling female was also captured and fitted with a radio-collar. The presence of a yearling wolf indicated this pack has been in the area since at least spring of 2010. At the end of 2011 there were three adults and four pups in this pack, and it was considered a successful breeding pair.

In August 2011,Teanaway wolves were scavenging a cougar-killed sheep on a Forest Service grazing allotment  when there was an altercation between the wolves and a herding dog.  WDFW paid the veterinarian bill for the injured dog, using wolf-livestock depredation compensation funds since guarding and herding dogs are considered livestock under WDFW’s wolf conservation and management plan. In response to the event, the UFWS, USFS, and WDFW worked with the herder to secure the sheep with fladry at night and no further problems were reported.

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Images

 

Radio-collared Teanaway Pack wolf (in recovery from tranquilizing drug)  

 

Photo courtesy of Western Transportation Institute

The following three images from Conservation Northwest volunteer-placed remote cameras began an investigation by state and federal agencies to confirm the presence of wolves in the area.

Photo courtesy of Conservation Northwest

Photo courtesy of Conservation Northwest
Photo courtesy of Conservation Northwest