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High support for wolf recovery in Washington

Mar 19, 2009

A public opinion survey from 2008 on hunting and wildlife management in Washington showed the large majority of Washington residents (75%) support allowing wolves to recover in Washington.

Wolf print. Photo by Chris MorganA public opinion survey from 2008 on hunting and wildlife management in Washington showed the large majority of Washington residents (75%) support allowing wolves to recover in Washington. The survey was conducted by the company Responsive Management for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

  • Support for allowing wolves to recover in Washington was very high, 75%, the majority of Washington residents surveyed.
  • Queried on level of worry, 65% of residents said they would be only a little worried or not worried at all about wolves while recreating outdoors.
  • Wildlife viewing for wolves is popular: 54% of residents say that they would travel to see or hear wild wolves in Washington.

A companion survey asked hunters in particular what they thought. After being informed that wolves are highly likely to recolonize Washington over the next 10 years, hunters were asked if they support or oppose wolves managed in Washington to be a self-sustaining population.

  • The majority of hunters queried support management of wolves in Washington to be a self-sustaining population.
  • Reasons for support included that the hunter likes wolves and believes that all wildlife deserve a chance to flourish, that wolves should be managed and controlled anyway and managed so that they do not overpopulate, and that wolves are an important part of the ecosystem and serve a purpose.
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