SPOKANE -- A remote camera has captured images of an apparent male and female wolf together in northeast Pend Oreille County and genetic tests have confirmed a male Rocky Mountain gray wolf is in the area, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Biologists also are investigating reports of wolf sightings in the Blue Mountains of southeast Washington, officials said.
Images of the two animals were recorded in May on a remote, motion-triggered camera maintained by state Department of Natural Resources biologists. One of the photographed animals appeared to be a lactating female wolf, indicating she is nursing pups.
The gray wolf is a state endangered species throughout Washington.
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Gray wolves were recently removed from the federal endangered species list in the eastern third of the state, including the Pend Oreille County area, but remain federally listed as endangered in the western two-thirds of Washington.
The federal delisting decision is being challenged in court.
Third Wasco fishing tourney set for Aug. 22
The Wasco 3rd Salmon/Steelhead fishing tournament is Aug. 22 in the Celilo pool between The Dalles and John Day dams.
Anglers can check in and register from 5 to 8:30 a.m. at Heritage Landing at the mouth of the Deschutes River. Weigh-in is at the railroad depot in Wasco from 1 to 3 p.m.
Cost is $15 for adults, $5 for those under age 16. Participants must have licenses and tags as required by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The tournament is partially sponsored by the PGE wind project, Bank Of Eastern Oregon and Camps Plumbing/The Dalles. For more information, contact Bill or Carol at 541-442-5079.