On Friday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee instructed the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to draft new rules governing the killing of wolves involved in conflicts with livestock. This action reverses the commission’s denial of a petition filed by advocates in May that called for reforms of the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s lethal wolf management policies.
“This is a victory for Washington’s wolves and all of us who have been speaking out against the state’s relentless wolf killing,” said Sophia Ressler, a Washington wildlife advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity in a statement. “We are hopeful that the development of enforceable wolf management rules will protect our recovering wolf population and make wildlife officials accountable to the public they serve.”
The new rules will address the use of non-lethal measures to avoid livestock-wolf conflicts. They will further examine chronic conflict areas where the state has killed wolves year after year.
As previously reported by WAN, the state has killed 34 wolves since 2012. Twenty-nine were killed for the same livestock owner in prime wolf habitat in the Colville National Forest. After the Fish and Wildlife Commission denied the wolf advocates’ petition in June, the groups appealed to the governor, who had 45 days to decide whether to deny the appeal or require the commission to create new wolf-management rules.
Governor Inslee’s decision requires the commission to start a formal rulemaking process, which includes giving notice to the public and creating an opportunity to comment on proposed rules. The timeline for this process will be available on the department’s website when the rulemaking is announced.
“The governor’s decision to approve this petition is a necessary step in cleaning up the mess the Department has made of wolf management,” stated Jocelyn Leroux, Washington and Montana Director for Western Watersheds Project. “This decision will give a voice to the majority of Washingtonians that do not want wolves needlessly slaughtered year after year at the charge of a few livestock producers.”
“Demonstrating a commitment to environmental leadership, Governor Inslee has put the Department on notice: It’s time for fair rules, and public transparency, when it comes to Washington’s iconic wolves,” shared Samantha Bruegger, a wildlife coexistence campaigner at WildEarth Guardians.
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It is with heavy hearts that WAN shares the news that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has killed the last two remaining members of the Wedge wolf pack on August 13th. This is sadly due to conflicts between wolves and livestock. Despite public outcry from around the world to change how the department manages endangered species throughout the state, WDFW still went ahead and killed the last two remaining members of the wolf pack.
“The nonstop killing of wolves in Washington has to end now,” Sophia Ressler, Washington wildlife advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. “These wolves shouldn’t be gunned down just for trying to feed their families. It’s ludicrous that Washington officials aren’t implementing appropriate preventive measures and instead choose to slaughter a state endangered species.”
The state has now killed 34 wolves, almost all of them for livestock conflicts in the Kettle River Range, an area of prime wolf habitat. Twenty-nine of the wolves killed have been for the same livestock owner.
Washington is killing endangered species so that livestock can be killed for their meat for human consumption. This should be illegal.
The most recently eradicated Wedge pack wolves occupied very similar territory to the previous Wedge pack. The department killed seven of that eight-member pack in 2012, effectively destroying it. Yet, the 2012 eradication failed to prevent wolves from quickly reoccupying the territory.
The Center for Biological Diversity and several other conservation groups have urged Washington Governor Jay Inslee to require formal rules that would dictate required nonlethal deterrence measures and extra steps that must be taken in areas of chronic conflict. The current guidelines are created by Washington’s Wolf Advisory Group and are not considered enforceable requirements by the state.
Just last week, the state removed a vocal wolf advocate from the advisory group for disagreeing with the department’s choices. This decision outraged conservation groups and prompted a new call to Governor Inslee for wolf-management reform.
“There is no scientific support that killing wolves is an effective long-term solution for preventing conflict,” continued Ressler. “Mandating effective range riding or other appropriate deterrence measures would help to deter conflict and, in turn, save both wolves and livestock.”
The state also has an active kill order out for wolves in the Leadpoint pack, whose territory borders the Wedge pack’s territory.
The killing of these endangered wolves to satisfy human greed is unfathomably, sickening, senseless, and must end.
Governor Jay Inslee
Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002
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Thank you for speaking on behalf of the voiceless!
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