The Carpenter Ridge Pack was formed by wolves that split off from the Smackout Pack in northeast Washington. They were known to have had at least 2 pups in 2014, but in 2015 there were only two wolves sighted in the pack.
As of the end of 2018, the family included 11 wolves, and they had breeding pair status for the year. One wolf from the family was collared by state wolf biologists in January 2019. In November 2019, a collared male wolf (W87M) from the pack dispersed into eastern Montana. He was then killed in a legal wolf hunt in Montana’s Little Belt Mountains.
The 2019-2020 winter survey confirmed nine wolves in the pack and successful breeding for 2019.
A two-year-old female was collared in July 2020, and she dispersed north. In an area just west of the Smackout Pack territory, she formed a new pack called the Onion Creek Pack.
The 2020-2021 winter study confirmed six wolves and a successful breeding pair for 2019.
Current numbers: 6
Pack status: Designated in 2013.