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Washington to eliminate cattle-hungry wolf pack

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Washington state rancher Len McIrvin says the wolves have developed a taste for his cattle, chewing holes out of their backsides and making the animals very skittish. (Bob Keating/CBC and Jay Kehne, Conservation NorthWest)

A pack of grey wolves known as the 'Wedge pack' is stalking the border area south of Christina Lake, maiming and killing calves.

The slaughter happens almost every night and the pack often lopes back across the Canadian border to safety.

Ranchers say the pack threatens their livelihood and they want it eradicated before the snow flies.

CBC Kootenay reporter Bob Keating went down to Washington and put together this story.

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced it had decided to eliminate the Wedge wolf pack.

In a statment signed jointly by Conservation Northwest and the Washinton Cattlemen's Associaton, they say it's clear eliminating the pack is the right move, and say it will help "reset the stage for wolves that are not habituated to livestock to establish themselves in that area."

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