Washington ranching rivals agree on one thing: wolves

Two rival Washington cattlemen’s groups issued a joint communique Wednesday stating their shared discontent over wolves. The statement from the Washington Cattlemen’s Association and Cattle Producers of Washington stemmed from a summit last month in Ellensburg. The Washington Farm Bureau also participated and sent out the announcement that agricultural organizations are “fed up with wolves.” […]

Gray wolves could soon return to native territory in Western Washington

There are at least 122 wolves in the state comprising 22 known packs. Three conservation zones exist, which the state uses to study wolf packs. One is the Eastern zone encompassing everything east of Highway 97. This is where 106 of the known wolves are, with many concentrated in the northeast corner of the state […]

Compensation to ranchers small part of Washington’s wolf budget

Washington ranchers received $3,700 in compensation last year for livestock attacked by wolves, out of the $1.27 million the Department of Fish and Wildlife spent on wolves. The department’s total spending, contained in a recently released report on wolf recovery, was in line with previous years. Wolf-related expenditures have topped $1 million a year since […]

Washington’s wolf population surge slows, worrying advocates

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Growth in Washington’s gray wolf population slowed dramatically last year, raising concerns from an environmental group that says the state should stop killing wolves that prey on livestock. At the end of 2017, Washington was home to at least 122 wolves, 22 packs and 14 successful breeding pairs, the state Department […]

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 […]