Rep. Sherry Appleton has introduced a bill to bar the state Department of Fish and Wildlife from killing wolves

Kretz needs to go bye bye, He has been caught it appears threatening WSU with funding cuts already…. Due to Dr. Robert Wielgus and his research. Kretz isnt the only problem Washington has. There are huge special interest elected individuals on their Wolf Advisory Group.

A Western Washington lawmaker has introduced a bill to bar the state Department of Fish and Wildlife from killing wolves in the eastern one-third of the state.

Federal law already prohibits lethal control of wolves in the western two-thirds of Washington. The prohibition should be statewide, proposes Rep. Sherry Appleton, a Democrat who represents Bainbridge Island across Puget Sound from Seattle.

Rep. Joel Kretz, a Republican in wolf-populated northeast Washington, said he may draw inspiration from the proposal. “It makes me think of introducing a bill to turn Bainbridge Island into a wolf reserve,” he said Monday.

Kretz really did sponsor legislation in 2013 to release wolves on Whidbey Island, also in Puget Sound. It was an offer — derided as a stunt and unaccepted — to share wolves with lawmakers who oppose culling livestock-attacking packs.

Since then, the number of wolves in Kretz’s district has more than doubled, while no wolf has been documented farther west than eastern Skagit County.

Kretz said ranchers in his district have come “10,000 miles” in accepting wolves and working to minimize conflicts, but shooting wolves when all else fails remains contentious. He called Appleton’s bill “discouraging.”

“That’s the biggest problem we have in the state — the disconnect,” Kretz said. “How could anybody be so tone deaf to the real-world problems people are having with wolves?”

Efforts to reach Appleton on Monday were unsuccessful. She also introduced a bill to prohibit Fish and Wildlife from using hound hunters to pursue and kill cougars, bobcats, black bears and lynx to protect livestock, pets or humans.

On the same day the two bills were filed, House Democrats announced Appleton will chair the Council of State Governments West’s public safety committee. The council is a forum for developing policy ideas for 13 states.

Appleton’s proposals appear to have little chance of passing. House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, said Monday that the wolf bill was “unworkable” and called the hound-pursuit bill “an emotional response.”

He said Appleton’s wolf bill would “blow up the cooperation” between different groups. “It seems counter-productive,” he said.

Fish and Wildlife wolf policy coordinator Donny Martorello said lethal removal is an element in meeting the needs of everyone concerned about wolves. Other elements include measures that foster a healthy number of wolves, as well as deer and elk. Martorello said the department sees these seemingly disparate goals as complementary.

“There is no suite of non-lethal tools that are guaranteed to prevent depredations or change behavior once depredations start,” he said.

Appleton’s wolf bill would allow Fish and Wildlife to relocate wolves that are attacking livestock. Fish and Wildlife officials have looked at doing that and decided against it.

Wolves have a tendency to roam back to their original location. The journey also increases the chances they will have fatal encounters with humans, vehicles and other wolves, according to wildlife managers. “It’s risky to move across the landscape,” Martorello said.

At the Legislature’s direction, Fish and Wildlife will study moving wolves from northeast Washington to unoccupied areas to speed up recovery. Fish and Wildlife plans to start the study early next year.

Kretz said he may introduce a bill to remove wolves from the state-protected species list in Eastern Washington, where wolves have surpassed recovery goals. The bill wouldn’t dictate how wolves would be managed, but it might call for a new group of northeast Washington residents to work out a post de-listing plan, he said.

Kretz said he may pitch the policy as a chance to show how wolves can be handled once they’ve colonized other parts of the state.

 

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Readers respond: It’s humans’ fault that fish and wolves are in danger

Cindy Williams, from Gresham Oregon makes a point we have been teaching for years!

“If the Fish and Wildlife Department didn’t allow hunters and fur traders to kill so many animals in our wildlife, the wolves would have more choices to eat.”

 

I am so ashamed of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. I thought its job was to protect our fish and wildlife. Instead, they are working hard to destroy it.

They think it is alright to blame sea lions for the endangered steelhead and spring Chinook salmon in the Willamette and Columbia rivers, when it is human beings’ fault these fish are in danger. It is dams created by people and pollution from companies, ranchers and farmers. It is also the fault of fisheries, and fishermen and women who are allowed to kill the steelhead and salmon even though they are threatened.

This department also allows wolves to be killed because they attack some ranch and farm animals. If the Fish and Wildlife Department didn’t allow hunters and fur traders to kill so many animals in our wildlife, the wolves would have more choices to eat.

The people who work in the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife need to actually care about all our fish and wildlife and actually do something that will help them.

Cindy Williams, Gresham

 

Source: Readers respond: It’s humans’ fault that fish and wolves are in danger | oregonlive.com https://protectthewolves.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/EEQBT3T5FJGZ7HQICJWHUN7WGI.jpg #EndangeredSpeciesList #GrayWolves #OpposeWelfareRanchingNotWolves #ProtectTheWolves

Wolf attacks on Washington cattle more than doubled in 2018 due to WDFWs Failure 

 

Wolf attacks on Washington cattle more than doubled in 2018 due to WDFWS previous refusal to follow proven science. Dr Robert Wielgus has shown that increased killing of wolves leadfs to more Depredations the following year. We have to question why is it that Susewind or Martorello refuse to follow proven science.

Washington ranchers may be a little more guarded in 2019 after due to record wolf-related cattle deaths in 2018. The Capital Press reports that attacks on cattle was more than double any previous year, according to Fish and Wildlife reports. 31 cows or calves were killed or injured surpassing the previous high of 15 in 2016. Cattle Producers of Washington President Scott Nielsen confirms that wolf attacks on cattle is increasing in frequency but also cites the increase to the bump in better documentation of attacks.

“I don’t think there was a big increase. I think it has been a slow, steady growth,” he said. “It’s not way worse now. They’re just admitting it,” Nielsen told the Capital Press.

Depredations saw a peak in Ferry and Stevens counties during the summer and fall grazing season. The Old Profanity Territory pack in Ferry County is accountable for 16 attacks. According to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, cattle were attacked in more areas of the state over a longer than usual span.

In north central Washington, the Capital Press reports that one wolf took down a 400-pound calf in Okanogan County on November 29.

Attacks reportedly started in May and continued into late fall.

Source: Wolf attacks on Washington cattle more than doubled in 2018 | Columbia Basin | ifiberone.com https://protectthewolves.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/5c33a27ef35ee.image_.jpg #EndangeredSpeciesList #OpposeWelfareRanchingNotWolves #ProtectTheWolves #RestoreWolvesToESL #WolvesInTheNews

WDGFWs Stakeholder Engagement? Seriously?

wdfw director, protect the wolves

Protect The Wolves™ finds it difficult to see whom and which stakeholders were present for their so-called Stakeholder engagement meeting.

It seems that in order to provide the mandated Transparency that WDFW needs to follow proper protocol for one thing, As well as Invite Concerned Native American Stakeholder Groups such as Protect The Wolves™. WDFWs Susewind and Martorello do not seem to worry much about discriminating against Us as a Native American Founded Organization considering their is not one Native American Founded Organization on the Wolf Advisory Group. Not to mention We know for a fact that Our Organization was nominated multiple times last September-November.

How is it that they can even begin to consider they have performed their Jobs in the best interest of the Public as a whole…. while continually pandering to Ranchers and special interest groups?

Stakeholder engagement

On Dec. 8-9, department staff members met with a diversity of stakeholders in Republic to discuss wolf-livestock conflict, data sharing, wolf collaring and monitoring, outreach, and potential predator impacts to ungulates. Director Susewind and Wolf Policy Lead Donny Martorello also attended a Q and A session hosted by the Cattle Producers of Washington on the evening of Dec. 9.

On Dec. 16-17, department staff members met with the Wolf Advisory Group (WAG) in Spokane. The meeting agenda, flip chart notes, and meeting notes are available on the department’s WAG webpage.

Source: Gray Wolf Updates | Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife https://protectthewolves.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/kellysusewind-240×300.jpg #EndangeredSpeciesList #GrayWolves #ProfanityPeakWolfPack #ProtectTheWolves

February wolf derby being organized by Flying B Ranch, 208-935-0755

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It is time to let this Rancher know you are opposing this Derby. Call Them! They are giving away prizes that can be used to Hunt at night which is illegal in most states.

Those wishing to participate in a Feb. 1-2 coyote and wolf derby may call Flying B Ranch, 208-935-0755, to sign-up Jan. 21-Feb. 1. According to an event flyer provided to the Free Press by Brad Schaff of Kamiah, half of proceeds will go to local cancer patients and half of proceeds will go to prize money. Prizes also include a Nightforce scope for the biggest wolf and a spotlight by Lightforce Performance Lighting for the biggest coyote. Fee is $150 per three-person team, and scoring will be by a local taxidermist, according to the flyer. Hunting and trespassing laws apply. https://protectthewolves.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/coyote-300×217.jpg #EndangeredSpeciesList #OpposeWelfareRanchingNotWolves #ProtectTheWolves