SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington has killed a member of the Grouse Flats wolf pack, which has repeatedly preyed on cattle in the southeastern corner of the state.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday that a wolf believed to be the breeding female of the pack was killed on Sept. 25.

Environmental groups expressed outrage at the killing, noting that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee only this week asked the agency to seek ways to kill fewer wolves.

The agency authorized the killing of some members of the pack on Sept. 24, after confirming four cattle depredations in approximately two months.

The agency said it will now evaluate whether the killing of the wolf will change the pack's behavior.

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