Dear Interested Party,
Thank you for contacting the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to express your concerns about plans to remove some members of the Smackout wolf pack in Stevens County. We are unable to respond individually to every message, but we believe the information below will address the issues you raised.
WDFW is committed to the recovery of gray wolves in Washington state. To achieve that goal, we have a responsibility to respond to livestock losses and other issues resulting from the growing number of wolves within our borders. Both of these priorities are critical to the long-term success of wolf recovery. The state’s wolf population has increased from five wolves to a minimum of 115 today, growing at a rate of 30 percent per year. Most of that increase has occurred in northeast Washington, where 15 of the state’s 20 wolf packs share the landscape with…
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