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Living With Wolves Takes Guts, Knowledge

posted Sep 18, 2018, 11:52 PM by chloe owens

8/18/2018, by Sue Lani Madsen, The Spokesman-Review

Living with wolves takes guts, knowledge

It takes guts for a bureaucrat to act decisively without clear policy as a safety net. Fortunately for a young researcher treed by wolves, somebody had guts.  And it wasn’t somebody from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. WDFW needs clear priorities for managing endangered species when they endanger the public. Those priorities are critical as wolves rebound and plans to add grizzly bears proceed. The Okanogan County Commissioners recently met with representatives from WDFW, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service and the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office to discuss the confusion surrounding the rescue of a treed woman on July 12th. She was working alone, and had a satellite phone for emergencies. When she was threatened by wolves, she climbed a tree and called her supervisor.