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Sharp Divisions Remain in Debate Over Removing Wolves From Federal Protection

posted Jan 17, 2014, 6:46 PM by chloe owens

1/9/14, by Ann McCreary, Methow Valley News

Sharp divisions remain in debate over removing wolves from federal protection

…As home to the Lookout Pack – the first gray wolf pack confirmed in the state (WA) in 70 years – the Methow Valley and its government representatives have a longstanding interest in the management and future of wolves in the region…”That gray wolves in western Washington are found only in small, isolated populations is evident from the map…of the delisting proposal,” MVCC said.  It called on FWS to continue protection for the population of Pacific Northwest wolves “while new data is collected” to determine if they are a genetically distinct subspecies…and the Washington Cattlemen’s Association endorsed removing wolves from federal protection…All noted the complexities created when wolves in the eastern one-third of the state were removed from federal protection in 2011 through a rider on a budget bill passed by Congress.