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Remote camera image of pups from another wolf pack, the Diamond Pack in Pend Oreille County, Wash., July 2009
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said Thursday it is cautioning other ranchers in Steven County to be vigilant as members of the Huckleberry wolf pack moves about their range.
Stevens County rancher Dave Dashiell, with the help of WDFW, moved his sheep away from the site where wolves killed at least two dozen of the animals in recent weeks, it said.
Working through Labor Day weekend, Dashiell rounded up his flock of 1,800 sheep and herded them to temporary holding pens five miles away, and has begun trucking them to their winter pasture in the Columbia Basin.
"The threat to one rancher's flock has passed, but there are other ranchers and other livestock in that area," Nate Pamplin, director of WDFW's wildlife program, said. "We need to make sure that the owners of those livestock operations - large and small - are aware of the pack's presence and are taking necessary precautions."
Pamplin said WDFW field staff will continue to monitor the movement of the Huckleberry pack and will contact other ranchers in the area to discuss appropriate protective measures, such as maintaining a human presence around their stock, using guard dogs, and removing animal carcasses whenever feasible.