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Washington tribes develop own wolf plans

Two Native American tribes in eastern Washington are moving ahead with plans to manage wolves on their reservations.

The Spokane Tribe of Indians is proceeding with an internal review of a proposed wolf management plan, said B.J. Kieffer, director of natural resources for the tribe in Wellpinit, Wash. The plan will be submitted to the tribal business council.

He declined to discuss the plan while it is under review.

A member of the tribe “incidentally” killed an 87-pound male gray wolf on Dec. 10, he said.
Kieffer said he is not sure how the wolf was killed.

“The individual was actually targeting other predators,” he said. “The method of targeting, I’m not sure. At this point it would just be speculation and rumor.”

The tribe has had unconfirmed wolf reports for the last six or seven years, but confirmed their presence using DNA samples last March…

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