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Wrong wolf shot in effort to stop WA wolves from preying on cattle

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Wolves from two packs in northeast Washington state have attacked more cattle, prompting the Department of Fish and Wildlife to consider whether to again try culling the Smackout pack after a botched attempt last month.

Fish and Wildlife officials confirmed Thursday that the Smackout pack wounded a calf in a private Stevens County pasture, the Capital Press reported.

Officials said the pack also injured a calf Monday and probably attacked another on Sept. 26. The pack has attacked at least 11 head of cattle since Aug.

17, according to Fish and Wildlife's count. State biologists tried to kill one wolf from that pack in early September, but from a helicopter accidentally shot a pup that probably belonged to another pack, officials said.

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