Washington state's Department of Fish and Wildlife has issued a "death sentence" for an eight-strong pack of gray wolves believed to be behind attacks on livestock. The agency has sent two sharpshooters to eliminate the Wedge Pack, which officials say are responsible for injuring or killing at least 15 cattle. Mitch Friedman of wolf-tracking group Conservation Northwest agreed that the pack should be destroyed, but blamed the cattle's owner Bill McIrvine for not doing enough to protect his herd. McIrvine, who declined to participate in a range riding program supported by other local ranchers, said in July that he believes environmentalists are conspiring to reintroduce wolves to the area to drive ranchers off public lands.
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