Statement on lethal removal of Old Profanity Territory wolves

Statement on lethal removal of Old Profanity Territory wolves

ConservationNWAdmin / Sep 13, 2018 / News Releases, Ranching, Range Riding, Wolves

In response to the news that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is preparing to lethally remove a wolf or wolves from the newly-discovered Old Profanity Territory wolf pack, Conservation Northwest issued the following statement.

“While we disagree with the Department’s decision on going to lethal in this particular instance, we support the Wolf-Livestock Interaction Protocol and the Department’s authority to make decisions in implementing the protocol,” said Paula Swedeen, Conservation Northwest Policy Director. “We think that getting courts involved does not get to coexistence during this difficult time and prefer continued dialogue with all affected parties to find an acceptable path forward.”

A gray wolf in the Kettle Mountain Range in 2017. Photo: Conservation Northwest Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project

 

This statement follows Conservation Northwest’s September 10, 2018 statement regarding depredations on livestock by wolves in the territory formerly occupied by the Profanity Peak Pack in northeast Washington’s Kettle Mountains.