Washington’s wolf peacemaker ends her tenure

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. — High-profile mediator Francine Madden this week wrapped up her three-year mission to corral the conflicts humans have over wolves in Washington.

Madden succeeded in getting people with different views to collaborate, but money to fund her contract has run out, Department of Fish and Wildlife wolf manager Donny Martorello said. Madden teared up Tuesday after leading a meeting of the department’s Wolf Advisory Group.

“I’m going to miss the people in this state a lot,” she said. “They are passionate, hard-working and deeply committed to their communities.”

Madden’s departure comes as the department shifts the focus of the advisory group from current policies to proposing a plan to manage a stable statewide population of wolves. The department’s present handling of wolves continues to be criticized by cattlemen and conservationists.<<<Read More>>>