News‎ > ‎

Committee Backs Money for Nonlethal Wolf Control

posted May 12, 2019, 9:22 PM by chloe owens

4/6/2019, by Jim Camden, The Spokesman-Review

Committee backs money for nonlethal wolf control

The state could spend nearly $1 million over the next two years on nonlethal ways to keep wolves from killing livestock in northeast Washington. A proposal with support from ranchers and some wildlife advocates has already passed the House, and received approval from a key Senate committee Tuesday. It would direct the Department of Fish and Wildlife to develop different management plans for wolves in different regions of the state, with more support to control wolves in the part of the state where they are rapidly multiplying. “Northeast Washington has about 90 percent of the wolves,” said Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, who represents that part of the state. “It’s time to look at where it’s most intense.” Paula Sweden of Conservation Northwest said developing different plans for handling the heavier concentration of wolves in the northeastern counties makes sense and the legislation would keep wolf populations viable while protecting livestock. “I don’t see anything threatening to wolves in this legislation,” she told the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources and Parks Committee.