Statement on senate work session on Wolves in Washington
Conservation Northwest / Jan 22, 2019 / Restoring Wildlife, Wolves
The Washington State Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee held a work session today focusing on ‘Wolves in Washington’, including presentations by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and University of Washington researchers Sam Wasser and Aaron Wirsing.
Though confirmed data is not yet available showing 2018 counts, the topic of Washington’s actual wolf population and the animal’s range in our state was discussed.
In response to research presented during this work session, Conservation Northwest issued the following statement:
By all indications there are well over 150 wolves roaming Washington today.
We’re excited to see survey results from university researchers and state biologists contributing to an updated wolf count this winter, as well as new research on interactions between wolves and deer, elk and moose. We strongly support the stewardship of these species, and believe wolf conservation and management must find a balance that works in the long run—for wolves, people and all the Northwest’s wildlife.
Wolf recovery is progressing well in Washington. Despite a few high-profile events, the rate of wolf mortality is much lower here than in Rocky Mountain states. We hope to soon see wolves confirmed in Washington’s South Cascades as well as new areas of the North Cascades where reported sightings have become more common in recent years.
Today’s presentations are available at the links below:
- Samuel Wasser, University of Washington, Wolf recovery in Washington
- Director Kelly Susewind and Donny Martorello, Wolf Policy Lead, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, WOLF CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT
- Aaron Wirsing, University of Washington, The Washington Predator-Prey Project: An Update
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