- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - State wildlife officials have decided to trap a female wolf in northeast Washington that has become too friendly with dogs.

Officials fear the wolf might breed with a dog this winter. So the state Wolf Advisory Group decided last week to move it to the Wolf Haven International sanctuary at Tenino in Western Washington.

The wolf was fitted with a radio collar in July 2013 and was part of the Ruby Creek Pack in Pend Oreille County, The Spokesman-Review reported Thursday (https://is.gd/AxZSIL).

This is the first time officials put one of the endangered species into captivity since they returned to the state earlier this century, the newspaper reported.

The state Wolf Advisory Group met last week and decided to do something about the wolf, although the decision to send it to a zoo was not unanimous, said Nate Pamplin of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Pamplin said the wolf increasingly exhibited habituated behaviors, including routinely hanging out with domestic animals, being chased by livestock, and running off a short distance after being shot with rubber ammunition.

He said wolves generally avoid people. Aggressive acts toward humans are rare, but habituation can lead to aggressive behavior, Pamplin said.

Pamplin said state officials are not aware of any aggressive acts toward humans or livestock or pet depredations by this female wolf.

“We are concerned about this animal and the potential for more serious problems,” he said.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, https://www.spokesman.com

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