On May 11, Western Watersheds Project (WWP) along with the Center for Biological Diversity, Wild Earth Guardians, and Cascadia Wildlands filed a rulemaking petition with the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, asking them to implement enforceable rules to severely curtail the continued slaughter of Washington’s native wolves.
We’re asking you to please contact the Fish and Wildlife Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to their June 11-13 meeting and urge them to grant our petition.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has killed 31 wolves since 2012, the large majority of which have been to satisfy one single for-profit livestock operation on public lands that refuses to put in place any deterrence measures. The science clearly shows that nonlethal measures work best to deter wolf-livestock conflict, but WDFW continues to kill wolves at the behest of livestock producers, sometimes destroying entire packs. Livestock producers that use public resources for private business must learn to adapt to native wildlife and accept the changes as the cost of doing business on public lands.
The stakeholder process in Washington is broken: the collaboratively developed protocols have no requirements, just recommendations which allows WDFW to continually ignore the protocol and kill more wolves. But Washingtonians value wildlife and last fall Gov. Jay Inslee called all the wolf killing “unacceptable “and directed WDFW to emphasize nonlethal measures of conflict prevention. However, the start of the 2020 grazing season is quickly approaching and no substantive changes to WDFW’s protocols have been implemented.
Wolf management in Washington must change to reflect our values. It’s time WDFW started listening to science and stopped killing wolves.