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State Rep. Has Questions About Nontribal Wolf Management Options

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By Andy Walgamott
Northwest Sportsman

“I just want to make sure we’re all playing by the same set of rules and game management tools being made available to one segment of the state’s population are available to all Washington citizens,” Washington Rep. David Taylor stated.

There’s a bit of new Washington wolf news in a Capital Press story out on Christmas Eve.

Reporting primarily on the Colville and Spokane Tribes’ wolf management activities, Matthew Weaver adds that a state representative elsewhere on the Eastside has questions for the Department of Fish & Wildlife about off-reservation options:

Washington Rep. David Taylor, R-Moxee, recently sent a letter to state Fish and Wildlife Director Phil Anderson asking for clarification and documentation regarding the tribal hunts, according to a press release.

In the release, Taylor said he’s not questioning the tribe’s efforts to control the wolf population but he wonders why non-tribal ranchers and private property owners are required to take rigorous, proactive, non-lethal steps to avoid wolf and livestock conflicts.

“I just want to make sure we’re all playing by the same set of rules and game management tools being made available to one segment of the state’s population are available to all Washington citizens,” Taylor stated.

No word yet on the date that another state lawmaker, Senator Kevin Ranker, plans to hold a hearing/grilling with WDFW honchos on what happened in the Wedge this past summer, but the chairmanship of the Senate Energy, Natural Resources and Marine Waters Committee, which he’s headed up in recent years, is actually still unresolved what with the new Republican majority in the upper chamber of the legislature.

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