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Conservation Groups Will Get Advance Notice of Wolf Kills

posted Nov 10, 2017, 5:19 PM by chloe owens

10/2/17, by Matthew Weaver, Capital Press

Conservation groups will get advance notice of wolf kills

Two conservation groups say an agreement in their lawsuit against the Washington Department of Wildlife to receive 48 hours notice before killing problem wolves will allow them to seek legal action to get a temporary restraining order to stop the action…According to the press release, the agreement allows “time for pursuit of a temporary restraining order to stop any killing.” Donny Martorello, wolf policy lead for WDFW, said attorneys for the agency and for the conservation groups essentially reached an agreement on scheduling for potential preliminary injunctions if needed. They did not reach agreements on any merits of the case, he said…If a wolf pack reaches the point where the department considers killing problem wolves under its management plan, WDFW already gives advance notice to the public, depending on the method used…Martorello said the department will continue to work with ranchers to use nonlethal deterrents to reduce conflict and look at criteria in its protocols for when the agency might consider killing problem wolves.