A new report says the number of wolves in Washington state continued to grow in 2018. And the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says that for the first time they have documented a wolf pack west of the Cascade Range, in Skagit County.
The findings were part of the WDFW’s annual wolf census, which was published Thursday.
It shows the state has a minimum of 126 wolves, 27 packs, and 15 successful breeding pairs, which are male and female adults who have raised at least two pups that survived through the end of the year. A year ago, there were 122 wolves in 22 packs with 14 breeding pairs.
Wolves were virtually wiped out in Washington by the 1930s, but started returning to the state from surrounding areas early in this century.
The Seattle Times reported that the new Western Washington pack contains a male wolf had been captured in the county and given a radio collar in 2017, and a female wolf who joined him this winter. The two have been spending their time near Diobsud Creek, in an area south of Baker Lake and north of Highway 20 near Marblemount.