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Washington State Resumes Hunt for Wolves With Aim to Destroy Wedge Pack

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"Following two depredations last week, the state of Washington's Department of Fish and Wildlife ended its brief wolf-hunting reprieve and is again gunning to kill up to four wolves in the Wedge pack, with the aim of potentially breaking up the pack."

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Kevin A (64)
Thursday September 6, 2012, 4:40 pm
Used my own photo for reference.

I live in a cattle rancher heavy region of Washington State that is predominantly anti-wolf. I am not a rancher (horses) anymore and like the idea of wolves running free in the area again. The areas where the wolves would thrive are also the open range areas that the ranchers are ranging their cattle. The cattle on the open range are easier prey for the wolves than faster and more wary deer, elk and moose.

Carrie B (306)
Friday September 7, 2012, 1:58 am
Is there no way of trapping and relocation? Why is killing their answer to the problem?

Danuta W (1249)
Friday September 7, 2012, 2:41 am

Kevin A (64)
Friday September 7, 2012, 3:27 am
Carrie, there are limited areas that will support a pack so once placed in an area. many of those areas are also the areas where cattlemen are ranging their cattle outside of the winter months. the cattle are only penned up during the winter and otherwise roam freely in the western states. That puts them in direct conflict. As I pointed out in the earlier post, the calf is easier to catch and kill than deer species. The govt pays ranchers for stock loss when wolf predation can be proven, but only then. Wolves scavenging on a carcass killed by dogs or cougars are often blamed for the deaths but since they cannot be proven to be the predator that did the killing the govt won't pay them.many ranchers assume that if the wolves are eating from a carcass, the wolves must have killed it. given that presumption and the possible non payment, the ranchers want them gone.

They will run into the same problem in trying to relocate them. Then there is the simple fact that when an area can't support a pack greater than a particular size, some of the wolves are likely to leave the area and start a new pack on their own, without government sanction of location. This is how we have gotten more packs here in Washington. The wolves are intelligent and will continue to spread this way. The ranchers and the government both seem to want to control the growth of the wolf population.

A big worry in my mind is that if there is even one attack on a child by a wild wolf, they will be exterminated. Not just here, but throughout the country.

I don't know what would be involved in getting zoos or refuges to take in the excess wolf population, but I presume that it is prohibitively expensive. Would they get less complaints about caging them than killing them? I don't know.

Only time will tell where this goes now.

Kevin A (64)
Friday September 7, 2012, 3:31 am
Okay.Just saw capitalization and punctuation errors. Sorry. Time for bed.

Steve S (70)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 9:06 pm
Since the slaughter of the Washington and Denali Alpha Wolves, the younger ones do not know how to fend or live on their own. The packs are pretty much destroyed, which is what we will see with the Midwest states as the wolf hunts proceed. It is going to be devastating and we will win this fight in a year or 2. But the destruction of the packs lost and the immense loss of healthy wolves is going to be, who knows the damage yet. Rox, is the most depressed anyone has ever seen her. Been a long war on wolves.

Barbara Erdman (63)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 7:30 am
Noted and Thnx Kevin :)
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