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WDFW Director Supports Federal Delisting of Wolves in Letter

posted Jun 30, 2019, 7:40 PM by chloe owens

5/8/2019, by Eli Francovich, The Spokesman-Review

WDFW director supports federal delisting of wolves in letter

The head of Washington’s wildlife agency supported the federal delisting of wolves in an April letter…“The Department finds the USFWS proposal to remove gray wolves from the federal List of endangered and Threatened Wildlife and return management authority in the western two-thirds of Washington to the Department appropriate and timely,” Susewind wrote. The ESA, he said, is intended for species on the verge of extinction. Wolves in Washington do not need that protection. “The state of Washington is well prepared to be the management authority for wolves statewide and would be pleased to see limited federal resources directed to other species still critically in need,” he wrote. Wolves are protected by state endangered species rules in the eastern third of the state. They remain federally protected in the western two-thirds of the state. There is a minimum of 126 wolves, 27 packs and 15 breeding pairs in the state…