FERRY COUNTY, Wash. --- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced it will stop pursuing wolves from the Profanity Peak Wolf Pack.

WDFW officials had been killing the wolves because they were reportedly preying on cattle there throughout the summer. As of Oct. 3, WDFW said they had documented 15 dead or injured cattle.

Most livestock in the area are being moved off the federal grazing allotments in the Colville National Forest. The four remaining wolves – an adult female and three pups – will be monitored by federal officials.

WDFW said if the remaining four wolves begin preying on livestock again this year, they will “renew efforts to remove” them. WDFW said seven wolves were removed this summer from the pack.

“The goal of our action was to stop predations on livestock in the near future,” WDFW director Jim Unsworth said in a release. “With the pack reduced in size from 12 members to four and most livestock off the grazing allotments, the likelihood of depredations in the near future is low.”

The removal of the Profanity Peak wolf pack has caused controversy among Washington residents.

Protesters gathered outside the WDFW building in Olympia earlier this year, and WDFW reported receiving death threats in light of the decision to remove the pack.

Since 2008, WDFW has used lethal force to remove wolf packs three times: the Wedge Pack in 2012, the Huckleberry Pack in 2014, and now the Profanity Peak Pack.