Oregon's Department of Fish and Wildlife has authorized the federal Wildlife Services to kill two wolves in northeast Oregon's Wallowa County.

Department spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy says the wolves are part of the Imnaha pack, which is responsible for five confirmed livestock losses in the past few weeks.

She says Wildlife Services has been authorized to only kill two uncollared wolves. That's to protect the pack's alpha male and alpha female - Oregon's only known breeding pair. Both wear collars.

In the past week, Fish and Wildlife has issued seven permits to allow ranchers to shoot wolves if they catch them attacking livestock.

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