A Lookout Pack wolf pup was apparently the victim of this summer’s wildfires in mountains near the Methow Valley.
Researchers conducting a study into wolf/livestock conflicts found the remains of a wolf pup a few weeks ago. The researchers have been monitoring the location of the Lookout Pack via a radio collar on one of the wolves.
“The pup’s remains — only bones and fur left — were found at a burnt-over rendezvous site,” said Zoe Hanley, who is heading the Methow Valley field study for a team of Washington State University researchers.
“We believe the pup died post-fire, as the remains would not have survived the severity of the burn. We can only speculate about the cause of death, however, it was likely fire-related injuries,” Hanley said.
“At this point, using trail cameras and tracking, we have documented the breeder male, female, and two offspring [one of the offspring is the collared female] and one surviving pup,” Hanley said.
Biologists believe there may be another yearling and additional pups, although those animals have not been documented, Hanley said.