Letter to the editor of the Seattle Times regarding wolves and grizzlies in Washington State.
Editor, The Times:
I was excited to read about the recent discovery of the Teanaway wolf pack in the Cascade Mountains [“Wolf pack found near Cle Elum,” page one, July 6] and the grizzly bear confirmation in the North Cascades [“Hiker snaps rare bear — a North Cascades grizzly,” page one, July 2].
Having these animals in the Cascade ecosystem is very exciting and encouraging. Wolves are important predators that help maintain balanced ecosystem functions. However, many ranchers and hunters remain worried about an increase in wolf populations.
While these concerns are understandable, it is possible to encourage wolf recovery in a way that minimizes hardship on these people. The key to a successful wolf-recovery program in Washington state will be ranchers, hunters and conservationists working together to integrate the needs of both the wildlife and human communities.
Also, I want to thank The Seattle Times for its coverage of these important issues. It was great to read your editorial “Call of the wild” [Opinion, July 7]. It is indeed cool. Please keep these issues in front of your readers.
— Dan Swenson, Seattle