Washington's state wolf plan was adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in 2011 after being assembled over five years to incorporate the views of thousands of stakeholders and scientists. This plan is central to the state's efforts to recover wolves and minimize conflicts -- especially with commercial livestock operators, often opposed to wolf recovery.
But the plan keeps being undermined by the commission and the state wildlife agency -- who have adopted new rules to expand who can kill wolves and under what circumstances.
This summer the Center for Biological Diversity and allies petitioned the commission to adopt rules that would make key parts of the wolf plan enforceable. We asked for guidelines that ensure wolves are only killed when depredating livestock has become a chronic problem and that require ranchers to take nonlethal steps to protect their livestock before any wolf-caused losses could result in a wolf being killed. But on Aug. 1, the commission denied our petition.
Now we're taking our case to the governor.
Please join us and take action now to urge Governor Jay Inslee to protect wolves with strong, legally enforceable rules that honor the state's wolf plan.
October 9, 2014 Action Alert ID# 163
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