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State Experts Eye Westward Wolf Migration

posted Apr 18, 2016, 2:07 PM by chloe owens

1/27/16, by Dylan Chaffin, East of Seattle News

State experts eye westward wolf migration

For the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the local ecosystem is a fragile balance of prey and predator. A single factor could change all of that in the next few years, an expert says. Wolf management has long since been a contentious topic for farmers, hunters and environmentalists, and while most wolves reside in the states of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, Washington’s eastern population of the carnivores is growing, and spreading, to the western part of the state…About 100 wolves are currently registered or collared with the department, but Carnivore Manager Donny Martorello knows that isn’t all of them.