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Another wolf poaching in Washington

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Feb 17, 2011 03:20 PM |
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Another wolf poaching in Washington

At least two pups and an adult from the Lookout Pack - and now maybe four pack members - have been shot and killed by a poacher. Lookout pup photo, 2009, WDFW

I’m sad beyond words, and enraged beyond sadness.

The Methow Valley News has reported that as of yesterday as many as four wolves in the Lookout Pack have now been poached. The most recent poaching is a skinned, dead wolf discovered off Highway 20. Though genetic testing has not yet been conducted to determine if the wolf was a member of the pack, the proximity makes it seem likely.

The Methow Valley News has also reported that investigators believe that the White family allegedly killed at least two Lookout wolves. This is the family that has been under investigation (but not yet indicted) for trying to ship a bleeding box containing a wolf pelt from the FedEx counter in the Omak Walmart.

The investigation discovered evidence that the Whites had poached additional animals, including illegally using hounds to hunt a bear and shooting a trophy deer out of season.

Lastly, the Lookout Pack’s alpha female has disappeared, along with her radio collar, under suspicious circumstances early last summer.

Washington's Lookout Pack was believed to have been as large as ten animals at one point. They were about that numerous when my daughters and I heard them howling in the Twisp River Valley in June 2009. Today there are but two, maybe three, Lookout Pack wolves remaining. No one has yet been charged with any of these poachings.

What century is this anyhow?!

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Lookout Pack poaching

Posted by Tanya Maurer at Feb 21, 2011 04:29 PM
More poaching of this pack, or any pack, is horrific and grievous. what sort of monster would do this?

Poachers...

Posted by Little Feather at Mar 01, 2011 11:39 AM
What sort of monster would do this? The 2-legged kind who do not care about animal's or anything else.

Wow..

Posted by Lexy at Mar 14, 2011 02:31 PM
That is so terrible!
It's hard to think that someone in Washington, would actually do such a thing.

Wolf-murderers

Posted by Ataciara at Apr 13, 2011 09:35 PM
After reading about the White "family", one can clearly see that a Wolf family has more integrity than these people. Wolves are definately higher up on the intelligence scale, perhaps that makes poachers jealous. It is not surprising that the Whites are in the animal murder business up to their elbows with poaching of bears and other poor creatures they have illegally bathed in the blood of.
Not surprising either is the fact that they would so blatantly demonstrate their lack of education and intelligence by TRYING TO SHIP THE DEAD WOLF THROUGH WALMART! THANK GOD, THEY WERE THAT BRAZEN! What with the camera coverage Walmart can provide of their actions, there are photos and films from the moment they exited their vehicles, to paying the shipping clerk, to getting back in their vehicles. The judge should give them the MAX SENTENCE, and the public should also step in and let these destroyers know that the Wolves have a voice through US. All wolves should be microchipped with tracking devices ASAP so that there are real time maps that are recorded in a data base for reference so if and when they are harmed, there will be a pinpointed path of ALL their travels and stops that day!
People who think wolves are bad should be forced to live in crime infested portions of big cities like L.A. or Tucson, Phoenix etc... and see how much they hate such a noble and harmless to man animal after they have seen themselves in a mirror in experiencing the horrible ways of the two-legged when fully immersed in nothing but his own element!

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