An analysis of DNA taken from an animal trapped by wildlife authorities in the Marblemount area in Skagit County last June has confirmed the animal is a gray wolf.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service spokeswoman Ann Froschauer said Friday that the GPS collar placed on the wolf when it was trapped shows it has remained in east Skagit County.
The federal agency has not received additional information about sightings or of the wolf interacting with domestic animals, she said.
The agency also has not seen the wolf on wildlife cameras it placed in the area where the animal was trapped.
It remains uncertain whether the wolf is alone or traveling with others.
It’s also unknown where the gray wolf came from. Froschauer said the lab compared its DNA with samples from known wolf packs in Eastern Washington, Idaho and British Columbia and there wasn’t a distinct connection with any single pack.