A young female wolf was hit and killed by a vehicle on Blewett Pass on April 18, state officials said.
The remains of the wolf were discovered by state Department of Transportation employees on Highway 97 near milepost 172, about 13 miles west of the Big Y intersection.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was called to help investigate because the animals are endangered in the western two-thirds of Washington state.
“It got hit hard in the middle of the road, probably by a truck,” said Matt Monda, regional wildlife program manager for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife in Ephrata.
He said as wolf numbers increase, the number of wolves killed by vehicles will also likely increase, particularly on highways with higher speed limits.
“Wolves are going to be vulnerable to that fairly routinely, as they’re scavenging on other animals that are hit by cars,” he said, adding, “Wolves are like many wildlife species. Roads are a hazard, especially because they may be patrolling roads to see if there’s any flattened fauna for dinner.”