Wolf encounters rare, but not unknown in Washington

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*Staff Note* – In the first paragraph below, the author states that “occasionally wee and more often hear barking wolves.” Wolves don’t bark! If people are seeing canines bark or hearing them bark, they are hearing dogs or hybrid dogs, not wolves. Hybridization of wolves, dogs, coyotes, and all other combinations of canines feral or tame is a serious problem that poses public safety concerns and threatens the existence of real wolves. 

A researcher’s close encounter last month with a wolf in north-central Washington was a rare event, but ranchers say they occasionally see and more often hear barking wolves, an experience one rancher described as “eerie.”

Cattle Producers of Washington President Scott Nielsen said he suspects wolf encounters have gone unreported because people don’t want to face public scrutiny.<<<Read More>>>