Southeast Washington ranchers warn of increasing wolf conflicts

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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.

“We are dealing directly with wolves — the financial burden of that … and the safety of it,” Ledgerwood told the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. “Having our family work with us in a stressful and dangerous situation is always a concern of any father, for sure.”<<<Read More>>>