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Public comment needed on wolves, game management

Jun 23, 2014

Submit a comment by July 18 to WDFW to support Washington’s recovering wolves. The agency is considering new proposals for managing predator/prey relationships and developing a plan to manage wolves after they are no longer classified as an endangered species.

Public comment needed on wolves, game management

Gray Wolf pup. Photo: USFWS

Attend a meeting or submit a comment to support Washington’s recovering wolves

Conservationists, hunters, recreationists and other members of the public will have an opportunity to help shape Washington’s game management plan for 2015-21 online and at a series of public “open house” meetings scheduled by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) this month.

At the meetings, the agency will consider new proposals for managing predator/prey relationships and developing a plan to manage wolves after they are no longer classified as an endangered species.

Please attend a public meeting or comment online to show your support for the agency not including wolves in its plan for “game” animals in 2015-21!
But right now, Washington’s wolves are still recovering and under threat from a variety of dangers.

Conservation Northwest strongly supports WDFW’s current decision not to include wolves in the 2015-2021 Game Management Plan because the wolf population has yet to reach its recovery goals, and is not likely to do so until the end of plan period. The Department needs to hear your voice to make sure that decision does not change for this plan!

Wolves are currently managed by WDFW's Game Division, and there is draft language in the Game Management Plan noting that the species is still being managed under the state’s wolf recovery plan, and that work will be done during this period to develop a post-delisting management plan. But wolves are not currently classified as a game species in Washington.

Please attend a public meeting or comment online by July 18 to show your support for the agency not including wolves in its plan for “game” animals in 2015-21!

The remaining public meetings are scheduled to run from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

  • June 24 – Vancouver, Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Dr.
  • June 25 – Lynnwood, Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St. S.W.
  • June 26 – Olympia, Red Lion Olympia, 2300 Evergreen Park Dr. S.W.

Once adopted, the plan will be used by WDFW to guide development of hunting seasons and other management policies in future years.

We support the Department’s stated intent to use a robust public process to develop a post de-listing management plan for wolves, but we want to make sure wolf and other wildlife conservation supporters are heard loud and clear!

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