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Colville Tribe Expands Wolf Hunting Off Reservation While Pro-Wolf Groups Wail

posted Sep 4, 2017, 10:11 PM by chloe owens

8/7/17, by Rich Landers, The Spokesman-Review

Colville Tribe expands wolf hunting off reservation while pro-wolf groups wail

While animal advocate groups write letters and court the media and public for more "transparency" in managing Washington's recovering wolf population, Native Americans are expanding their options for wolf hunting…The Tribes aren't bound by state and federal rules and can hunt wolves under rules set by their tribal wildlife officials. Wolf experts and recovery advocates say limited hunting of wolves is necessary in the long run to make sure wolves maintain their wariness of humans…The same day that wolf-lover campaign was released last week, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation approved wolf hunting for tribal members in land off its reservation in northeast Washington state. Since 2012, the tribe already has allowed a wolf hunting season on the reservation within Washington, where wolf hunting otherwise is prohibited. This is not a slaughter. Last year, the tribe reported one wolf being killed by a member who shot the wolf incidentally while he was hunting deer. The quota of wolves [that] tribal members can kill during the Aug. 1-Feb. 28 season the reservation is three. The tribes on Thursday voted to expand wolf hunting in land north of its reservation to the U.S.-Canada border, on mostly national forest lane where the tribes retain hunting and fishing rights. The quota on the "north half" of the tribes' territory is three wolves a season.