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Comments on Other Carnivores (Section 4.1.2):

NO WOLFS

Jim Steveson,  Vader WA

We do not need to bring in grizzly beers into the N. Cascades as well, they are a very different breed then the black beer, potentinaly very dangerous for hikers

Rick ,  Centralia WA

where will the cougars and coyotes live when the animals in the park are gone-gone(in town with the people)

john gilbertson,  port angeles WA

All carnivores should be protected to the extent of being delisted.

Lisa Dabek,  Seattle WA

No comment

Sean V Owen,  Seattle WA

Wolf kill coyotes and eliminate them from there territory. coyote over population can be damaging to ecosystems by over predating on Species such as grouse. Coyotes can be more damaging to livesrock then wolves.Human coyote control is largely unsuccessful and wolf have proved to be the most successful, bring benefits to ecosystems and ranchers. By enhancing quality of habitat and leaving carrion wolfs could aid grizzly bears towards recovery.

Tristan Higgins,  Seattle WA

Same as above. Return and enhance cornivores for a healthy ecosystem.

Anonymous

all predator numbers need to be controlled

Ross MacArthur,  Cusick WA

Wolves will eventually exclude other large carnivores causing widespread population crashes for all species. You know this, yet you choose to ignore the science.

Ty Brown,  Naches WA

Manipulated information that is misleading, a sales pitch for wolves.

dale denney,  colville WA

Same as above.

Anonymous

Man is the primary predator and hates competetion

James Maves,  Pomeroy WA

Theses animals need to be considered and protected

Diane Sonntag,  Tenino WA

Not enough consideration is given to the continued predation from the other predators. Consider in a vaccume as if all the other predators stopped eating deer & elk

Kenneth G Matney,  Ellensburg WA

We have enough carivores.

Thomas E Ring,  Spokane WA

We should learn somthing after the voters outlawed hunting cougars with dogs. The numbers of courgars have increased dramadically in a very short time. In the beging the experts said this would not happen.

Jess Kayser,  Centerville WA

OK now but please don't suggest bringing in Grizzlies

Duane Bernard,  Rainier OR

The large cat populations are becoming fearless to humans, more hunting with dogs is appropriate

Gary Nielsen,  Colville WA

the bear and cougar population is healthy nowthat you cant use hounds to hunt or bait bears. nI've seen more cougar and bear in the last 3 years than I have ever seen in the previous 220 years

gary Ryan,  sekiu WA

The elk herds are still well below management goals, mostly because of calf survival rates. What is the plan to manage these predators? It is so depressing not to see the elk herds of past years, and how Washington State has done very little to correct this. Does Washington State have a real plan to fix the carnivore problem, or is it just going to get bogged down in political mumbo jumbo?

Aaron Neer,  Kennewick WA

Open mountain lion season July 1, through March 31, any legal firearm or archery equipment.

Darrell Quimby,  Elma Wa WA

Wolves eliminate all competition with their nature of hunting and killing in packs. Nothing can stand against them. Coyotes don't have a chance nor do others.

Wayne Vinyard,  Glenwood WA

We are already having enough trouble with Cougars since houund hunting was eliminated in this state. No I am not a hound hunter

James Schleusner,  Glenwood WA

This State needs to manage based off of best science and management should not depend on public vote. The state control over hound and bait hunting. has lead to greater cost to control problems why add to it. Don't allow the bleeding heart to control sound management

FRED S Chapman, Jr,  RAYMOND WA

extend seasons and give additional hunting opportunities to hunters

John Evans,  Longview WA

Cougars in this Washington have grown to an extremely high level in just the few years that the WDFW has not allowed the use of dogs for hunting. Wolves will outperform the cougars by a wide margin.

Charles Olney,  Yakima WA

Other carnivores are also key drivers in ecosystem health and function and deserve the most respect and protection possible.

David Moen,  Oregon City OR

Isnt there enough cougars since you cannot hunt with hounds?

dylan peterson,  federal way WA

NO WOLVES

Anonymous

I feel hound hunting should be reintroduced for both cougar, bobcat and bear. Whatever smear campaign that was created to outlaw the practice is unlogical. Hound hunters can help manage other apex predators, giving wolves room within the eco system and do it with pin point accuracy. Boot hunters kill indiscriminately, while hound hunters know exactly what they have in the tree. I would suggest making it illegal for houndsmen to kill anything with offspring. I think this is a sound conservation practice and would benefit everyone.

Wade Moss,  Rice WA

I believe all carnivores should be managed like game animals.

Mark Olis,  

I am in favor of the management of all native carnivore species so as to encourage their existence in the greater Washington ecosystem. As with wolves it is my belief that these animals can be properly managed so as to have a limited impact on human activity and without requiring witch hunts for the concerned animal. I am also in favor of Grizzly Bear reintroduction.

Ryan Alexander Sparks,  Pullman WA

Coyote populations will be interupted but will stabilize. Very good chance the Brown bear may benefit and definatly the Blackbear will. They will have a spring protein source they haven't had access to in the past.

Bill Liggett,  Eatonville WA

kill every damn wolf in washington idaho and montana. its devastating the elk and deer populations already in tremendous amounts. hunters keep the populations of elk and deer at a good rate anyhow theres no need in destroy all of the deer and elk. soon there wont be any. i hate this state and its government. i hate washington state

Anonymous

3 pairs before delisting not 5

Jim Rubert,  Puyallup WA

Wolves compete with bears and that will have a negative effect.

Raymond Borbon,  Kirkland WA

Coyotes have already filled the missing nitch presented when wolves were eliminated in the early part of the century.

Jay Arment,  Spokane WA

You have let the cougars get out of control and we have very little big game in the mountain regions the spike elk population is very low and the hunters are not the one that are killing off these animals. you really need to look hard at what your trying to achieve. More and more hunter are getting tired of listening to your lies, help us rebuild our herds not cotinue to kill them off. Washington State game department are still the biggest poachers in the state allowing continued killing of our big game through predator killing.

Joe Headley,  Yakima WA

Please make sure the current experiment on allowing cougar hunting with hounds (Okanogan County) is looked at in conjunction with effect of wolves on cougar populations. If wolves are haviing a reducing impact, then why would we also allow hound hunting? No sense in having a plan to allow one predator to re-establish itself in our ecosystem while allowing another to be adversely affected. We need them all!

Marcia avajas,  Bainbridge Island WA

Bears, Cougars, Coyotes need to be managed better than they are. but due to Inititives pass in the 90's, this is next to impossible. Continue to focus on these aggressive eaters.

Kenneth Nilson,  Silverdale WA

Cougars are much more dangerous to humans than wolves yet wolves get much more negative press.

Jack Hirsch,  bellevue WA

Cougars should be managed

Roger Wallace,  Leavenworth WA

I find it amazing the Draft Plan refers to a 1994 USFWS report. I'm sure information on the effect of wolves on say coyotes can be obtained from Yellowstone National Park.

Ed Wilson,  Enumclaw WA

The exploding cougar population in the state of washington is a huge issue. There is no room for the introduction of another Alpha predator.

Michael Korenko,  Carson WA

IF THE DEPT. DOES NOT LET HUNTERS HARVEST MORE COUGARS WHAT ARE THE WOLVES GOING TO EAT ?

Anonymous

Glad to see that when you don't have compete information you say so.

Lois Neuman,  Vancouver WA

As a member online of the League of Women Voters and also having a sister who is a chairperson of the League of Women Voters in Virginia who works parttime for a Senator who support the conservation of God's breathing creations, not for man's purpose, but for His.

MB ,   FL

as an archery hunter in washington state i have noticed a huge growth in bear and cougar populations, here on the west side. during the early season, i feel we need to do something to better manage these animals.

dallas logan,  tacoma WA

Wolves will help balance the other carnivores in the region - ie a decrease in coyotes. I prefer a "true" predator relationship in ecosystems

Anonymous

Open up hound hunting again. And lets let our deer , elk, mountaing goat populations rebuild like the were in the 80.s

john casebeer,  mount vernon WA

It restores the natural ecosystem if some fools don't go killing them off.

Micheal Pacholski,  Toledo OH

Wolves are top of the food chain.

Larry Zalaznik,  Walla Walla WA