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State Grants Will Help Two Methow Valley Ranchers in Keeping the Wolves Away

posted May 8, 2018, 5:28 PM by chloe owens

3/9/18, by Web Admin, Methow Valley News

State grants will help two Methow Valley ranchers in keeping the wolves away

Vic Stokes, who raises cattle on a family ranch southwest of Twisp, figures wolves are here to stay in this part of Washington, but that doesn’t mean he likes it.,, We’re just trying to make an adjustment,” said Stokes, a fourth-generation rancher. “The future says we’re going to have wolves, that’s the way the laws direct, as much as ranchers want to resist this,” he added. Stokes was recently awardeda grant intended to help him protect his cattle from possible predation by wolves. The Northeast Washington Wolf-Livestock Grant Board provided $11,242 to help Stokes install a fence to provide a safe area during calving season. Craig Boesel, another Methow Valley rancher, also received one of five grants awarded by the Wolf-Livestock Board. Like Stokes, Boesel will use most of a $40,265 grant to fence calving areas on his Bear Creek ranch. He plans to use a portion of the funding for a range rider during the 2018 and 2019 summer grazing season. The Wolf-Livestock Grant Board was established last year by the Washington State Department of Agriculture to distribute $300,000 allocated by the state Legislature for the 2017-2019 biennium. The funding is intended to create a “community-based approach to provide assistance for projects related to non-lethal methods of deterring wolves from livestock in Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties,” according to the Department of Agriculture. The grants are available to individuals and non-profit organizations.