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House Democrats Support Rethinking Wolf Plan

posted Apr 3, 2015, 10:43 PM by chloe owens

3/11/15, by Don Jenkins, Capital Press

House Democrats support rethinking wolf plan

With wolves massing in northeast Washington but not elsewhere, the Democratic-led House on Tuesday approved a bill directing wildlife managers to review the state’s wolf recovery plan….The bills wouldn’t dictate changes, but they would instruct WDFW to consider measuring recovery by wolf packs rather than breeding pairs. WDFW also would have to consider changing recovery zone boundaries and clarify when the state will kill wolves to protect livestock…Senate passed a bill directing WDFW to consider de-listing wolves in Eastern Washington. Senate Bill 5583 passed by a 27-22 vote. A similar bill was introduced in the House, but died in the agriculture committee, along with a proposal to relocate wolves closer to Western Washington.