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Olympics Provide Suitable Reintroduction Site for Gray Wolves, Study Finds

posted May 23, 2018, 10:07 PM by chloe owens

4/4/2018, by Louis Krauss, The Daily World

Olympics provide suitable reintroduction site for gray wolves, study finds

The report, conducted by Oregon State University ecology professor William Ripple and postdoctoral faculty Christopher Wolf, looked at hundreds of potential “rewilding” sites — areas around the world where threatened large carnivores once lived and could be reintroduced. Due to the large size of Olympic National Park, its abundant prey species, and the relatively slight human footprint with regard to communities and livestock in the surrounding area, it was highlighted as a site that deserves further consideration for wolf reintroduction. The study won’t necessarily be taken up by state officials or government organizations considering wolf relocation on the peninsula, but it comes at a time when there is pressure from ranching and farming interests in Eastern Washington, where most of the wolves live, to relocate some to the western part of the state. In the just-ended legislative session, a bill was passed requiring the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to do an environmental analysis of potential ways to translocate wolves into Western Washington.