Leaders of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville are planning to approve a gray wolf hunt on tribal lands, sources close to the tribe told KING 5 on Tuesday.
Details on the hunt have not been finalized. But the sources said the hunt is being authorized to control wolf populations that threaten the deer and elk that tribe members rely on.
The Colville reservation is located in north-central Washington; it covers 1.4 million acres primarily in Okanogan and Ferry counties.
Earlier this fall, a recently confirmed wolf pack living in the northeast part of the state was tracked and eliminated by state wildlife officials after the pack began preying on cattle grazing in the Colville National Forest in Stevens County. One state lawmaker has critized how wildlife officials made the decision to kill the pack's members.
Reporting by KING 5's Gary Chittim.