Washington Wolf Population Increases Only 6 Percent After 14 Wolves Killed in 2017

LYMPIA, Wash.— Washington’s wolf population increased by only 6 percent in the past year, according to the latest annual wolf population estimate issued today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. That’s a sharp contrast to the previous three years, when the population increased by an average of 30 percent each year.<<<Read More>>>

Southeast Washington ranchers warn of increasing wolf conflicts

OLYMPIA — Southeast Washington ranchers told state lawmakers Tuesday that they have problems with wolves, too. Cattleman Sam Ledgerwood, who ranches in Asotin and Garfield counties, said wolves attacked a cow and calf this summer, a first for his operation. He said that he’s heard from northeast ranchers to brace for depredations to get worse. […]

Washington spent $15,000 to shoot wolf, much more to avoid it

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife spent $15,097 to kill a wolf last summer in the Sherman pack, about one-tenth the amount that was invested in keeping the pack from attacking livestock, according to a department report released Dec. 15. WDFW paid $134,170 for range-riders and other preventive measures in the pack’s territory in […]

Wolves kill livestock in Washington

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced recently that it will take lethal measures to reduce the number of animals in the Smackout wolf pack. WDFW determined that the pack was responsible for repeatedly preying on cattle in Stevens County in the Northeast part of the state, saying there have been four incidents […]

With cattle in Washington’s wolf country, ranchers work and worry

No one in Washington has borne the brunt of adjustment to the return of the wolf like the families here. Washington is home to a minimum 115 wolves in an estimated 20 packs. But 11 of those packs are bunched up here, overlapping grazing allotments in the Colville National Forest. As wolves once again raise […]

Ranchers say wolf attacks resume in Washington state

“Two Washington cattlemen said Tuesday that wolves have resumed attacking cattle grazing in the northeast corner of the state, where depredations last summer led state wildlife managers to cull a wolfpack. Ferry County, Wash., rancher Arron Scotten said he found the remains of a calf Monday evening that had apparently been killed by wolves. He […]

Rules allow faster action after wolf attacks in Washington

SPOKANE, Wash. – The state of Washington has issued new rules that allow the Department of Fish and Wildlife to move more quickly when a wolf pack begins preying on livestock. The state says the new rules are intended to reduce deaths among all the animals involved. However, the rules were criticized Friday by some […]

Toddler loses arm after attack from family’s ‘wolf hybrid’

Wolf Education International position of the perpetuation of wolf hybrids: It is the position of the majority members of Wolf Education International that the breeding, perpetuation and protection of hybrid, and/or canine mixtures, in the wild and under the claim of sustaining a wolf species or subspecies, is wrong scientifically as well as poses a […]

Study of wolves’ effects on other wildlife gets underway in eastern Washington

*Staff Note* – Some members of Wolf Education International are curious how the State of Washington and the University of Washington can honestly make a comparative study of how “the state’s wolf population is affecting other wildlife” since the growth of wolves into northeastern regions of the state, without first having conducted studies to determine […]

Some Washington wolves could be delisted

OLYMPIA, Washington – State Rep. Joel Kretz (R-Wauconda) is proposing the gray wolf be removed from the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission’s endangered species list in four counties that are along the Canadian border. The region in House Bill 1872 maps out to be the hardest hit by depredation by wolves. Kretz himself raises […]