A record bass and wolves get attention

HOOK AND FUR By Bob Brown Monday, Aug. 8 will be a day Snohomish County angler Bill Evanswill always remember, for on that day he caught a largemouth bass in Lake Bosworth which set a new state record for the biggest largemouth bass caught in Washington. The fish weighed 12.52 pounds and measured 23 inches long, with a girth of 22.5 inches. The previous record was set by Carl Pruitt in 1977 at Banks Lake with a fish weighed 11.57 pounds, nearly one pound less. Evans said as soon as he set the hook, he knew it was a big fish because the bottom pulled hard and it wouldn't quit. When the fish finally tried to jump, it could only get its head out of the water. " State wildlife biologists have received authorization to remove a wolf pack in Ferry County after investigating two calf carcasses and an injured calf in a grazing area Aug. 19. The injured calf was classified as the subject of a confirmed wolf attack and the dead calves as subjects of probable wolf attacks. Since mid-July, the department has confirmed wolves have killed or injured six cattle and probably, five others, based on staff investigations. State wildlife agents shot two pack members Aug. 5, but announced an end to wolf-removal efforts after two weeks passed without finding any more evidence of wolf predation on cattle. Jim Unsworth, director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, authorized field staff to remove the remaining members of the Profanity Peak wolf pack to prevent additional attacks on cattle in the range lands between Republic and Kettle Falls . Earlier this summer, the department determined the pack had at least 11 members, including six adults and five pups. Donny Martorello, WDFW wolf policy lead, said the department "is committed to wolf recovery, but we also have a shared responsibility to protect livestock from repeated depredation by wolves.GÇ¥
Bob Brown lives in Roy and is a freelance outdoors writer. He can be reached at robertb1285@centurylink,net.


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