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Comments on Ungulates (Section 4.1.3):

NO WOLFS

Jim Steveson,  Vader WA

we need to understand wolf impacts on big game herds very clearly.

Anonymous

Some control will probably be necessary to assure adequate numbers of ungulates, but the viability of the wolve population must be assured.

Ray DePuydt,  Kettle Falls WA

Ungulates are valuable to our state. Please help preserve our populations, by limiting wolf population.

Kirk Alexander,  Seattle WA

Not wolves, but human behavior is at the heart of the concern, "predation by wolves has a much lower overall impact on ungulate populations than does antlerless harvest by hunters." Please, curb the hunters, as they are unnatural competitors in the overall health of Washington's natural ecosystem.

Sean V Owen,  Seattle WA

Elk and deer damage has been a problem in some parts of the state. Wolves help to move elk and deer so that their grazing is spread out and less damaging.

Tristan Higgins,  Seattle WA

It is important to have an ungulate population healthy enough to supply hunting with the necessary animals to sell licenses. License sales and hunting are a big economic generator in our state and the quicker we can have a hunting season on the wolves the better as they too can be a big hunting draw.

Anonymous

Washington does not have large herds of ungulates their numbers will decline and not be able to rebound. This will mean alot less income from sportsmen for the WDFW.

AL SHERMAN,  WENATCHEE WA

I believe we are seeing greater impacts on Elk in Idaho than we knew during the plan's creation. We should plan to monitor elk populations more intensely than previously thought and be ready to move or destroy wolf packs if they are endangering the elk herd's survival long term.

Art Swannack,  Lamont WA

Wolves will enhance ungulate populations and we should improve ungulate habitat.

Anonymous

ungulate numbers are already low in most of eastern washington; wolves will make it worse

Ross MacArthur,  Cusick WA

Within 3 years the elk population of the state will be as such a low level that recreational hunting will nearly stop completely, causing the state to lose millions of dollars, just look at Idaho. They have seen elk tag sales drop dramatically costing them millions creating a large deficit in their game department, why do we have to "re-invent the wheel"?

Ty Brown,  Naches WA

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

dale denney,  colville WA

Elk and deer herds on the Olympic Peninsula are already in decline, wolves would make this situation worse.

Jerry Doyle,  Port Angeles WA

Vastly more livestock are lost annually to dogs, disease and weather then to wolves. Wolves probably account for <1% of livestock losses per year.

Anonymous

THese animals will be healithier with the preservation of Carnivores

Diane Sonntag,  Tenino WA

After speaking with wolf biologists, I understand that (at the expected population levels) wolves are unlikely to directly reduce elk populations. On the other hand, they may alter elk behavior. I think it is reasonable to expect elk hunters to alter their hunting style accordingly. Finally, elk are having a huge and negative impact on the vegetation of the Naches Ranger District. I hope wolves reduce that effect.

Matt Dahlgreen,  Wenatchee WA

With more wolves brings less deer, elk, ect. This is just common sense

Jess Kayser,  Centerville WA

Research should be conducted to understand wolf predation on our herds.

Stephanie George,  Newport WA

To few as it is

Duane Bernard,  Rainier OR

The wolves will keep the Mule Deer populations healthy. There have been winters when many deer have died from starvation.We realize that hunters prefer not to have competition from predators, but using hunting to control the deer population is not effective.

Kathleen Fisher,  Shoreline WA

The wolves will keep the Mule Deer populations healthy. There have been winters when many deer have died from starvation.We realize that hunters prefer not to have competition from predators, but using hunting to control the deer population is not effective.

Frank Fisher,  Shoreline WA

WDFW acquires a large percentage of their budget from the hunting of these animals. wolves will reduce the number of ungulates which will reduce hunting opportunities in the state. less hunting less dollars.

Gary Nielsen,  Colville WA

wolves kill not just for food but becuse they can watch out for other animals to be desimated

gary Ryan,  sekiu WA

Pretending wolves won't have a serious impact on ungulates is absurd! Lions hunting singly have great impacts on deer populations and others. They only kill 1.5 deer per week (78/year). Wolf packs of 5 to 8 animals each weighing 100+ pounds will be a killing machine with unending appitite. Consider what wolf packs have decimated elk populations in Idaho to extent out of state hunting permits normally 30,000 per year went 10,000 unsold in 2009 because of hunter poor hunter success due to wolf predation of elk resulting in extremely low elk populations.

Wayne Vinyard,  Glenwood WA

We have spent a lot of time and money developong management plans to control the deer and elk herd in Washington only to have them destroyed by wolves is absolutely ludicrous.

James Schleusner,  Glenwood WA

current populations are already stressed and miss managed. take a look at the seal and sea lions????

FRED S Chapman, Jr,  RAYMOND WA

If there are too many, sell more tags and generate revenue.

Corey Watson,  Auburn WA

You ALREADY know very well from experiences in WY, MT and now ID, that wolves are decimating elk and deer herds there. You also know that wolves will do the same thing in WA. So you need a plan NOW for controlling the numbers of wolves. If all you do is wait until "evidence" or studies are done to give you the very same results that other states have experienced, we will be WAY behind in controllers these rapacious carnivores. The wolves reproduce quickly. Get a plan defined NOW to control wolf numbers and keep them AT THE LEVELS IN YOUR PLAN. Do NOT let them exceed the plan numbers. And do not even consider using WDFW people to keep the general numbers down. Use them only for specific predations. The obvious and most cost effective means of control is hunting. Hunters would pay fees to hunt and therefore control these animals, just as hunting is a management tool for other species. Any other solution would be unnecessarily expensive and simply stupid.

Ronald Riedasch,  Anacortes WA

Ungulates will be the hardest hit in this plan, which will enherently hurt the funding that this plan needs.

Charles Olney,  Yakima WA

I suggest further reveiw of Montana's review of the interaction between wolves and deer & Elk population.

Anonymous

Wild ungulate populations should have priority over domestic herds.

David Moen,  Oregon City OR

With dropping numbers of deer due to winter etc. and elk in certain areas (clockom) how can the wolves help these numbers rebound?

dylan peterson,  federal way WA

The populations are already suffering from small numbers for the most part and introducing viable wolf populations will not help this situation at all.

Hans Hurlbutt,  Sedro Woolley WA

NO WOLVES

Anonymous

To help protect hunting of big-game animals in areas with gray wolves it's important to manage both predator and prey so that there are enough big-game animals to hut each season.

Mark Olis,  

I would like to suggest including the amount of meat per day per adult wolf that is required to maintain a healthy specimen. I believe this section understates the effect on elk, elk calves, and deer fawns. It is widely recognized that when a new species, fish, fowl, or mammal, is introduced into a new habitat unit, the population of that species will explode until, in simple terms, their numbers come into some dynamic balance with the amount of groceries available. I believe this will happen with wolf populations. And, what about cattle? They too are ungulates. Maybe the USFS and other land managment agencies should go into the cattle business to support these wolves.

James D King,  Omak WA

Regulating the elk and deer for wolfs instead of hunters is a mistake.

Anonymous

Despite popularized reports wolf populations have the potential for a positive impact on native ungulate populations (elk, deer) in that they remove sick and otherwise weakened animals from the collective gene pool and encourage the survival of healthier specimens which are in turn more available to harvest by Washington sportsmen.

Ryan Alexander Sparks,  Pullman WA

The ungulates will benefit from their primary predator allowed to return.

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

Very limited set of geographical locations putting these all over the state is irresponsible. Wolves are not selective hunters. THat is not true and many times they kill for the sport of it. Big horn sheep and mountain goats are not taken because of the limited numbers of this state. But given a opportunity a wolf would kill one of these species. Take out 50 years of detail research. How can you have 50 years of detailed research on the specific ecosystem of Washington state when the wolf has not been here. Take it out. Wolves will have a huge impact on deer and elk. Look at Idaho and Montana. Heck Wyoming did not want idaho's wolves...

Jim Rubert,  Puyallup WA

Our ungulate population is already severely DISTRESSED in the state of Washington. The present population is supported by hunting licenses, primarily.

Jay Arment,  Spokane WA

The current populations of certain ungulates will definetly be impacted, hopefully creating healthier herds.

Steve Solberg,  Spokane Valley WA

Ungulates are a primary food source for wolves! While we are trying to allow wolves to naturally re-establish themselves we need to do more to ensure that they have sufficient food source. Wolves that have become problems in other areas of the world seem to have done so when their natural food source has been reduced. The hunting lobby cannot be allowed to have such impact on this plan! Maybe we need to reduce hunting licenses while wolves are establishing, maybe do more to reduce the tremendous impact cars have on deer in the Methow Valley. Your plan noted the relatively lower numbers of WA state hunters and the much higher income potential for wolf-tourism. Don't solely target wolves if ungulate populations suffer: do more with getting rid of noxious weeds to improve forage for ungulates and other habitat destroying factors, do more with reducing vehicle impact on deer populations.

Marcia avajas,  Bainbridge Island WA

Wild ungulates will probably be hurt by any wolf introduction. That being said, the rise of ungulate populations has probably increased past their historical carrying capacities and allowing the wolves to balance the ecosystem is a much cheaper solution then any other.

Karl Schulke,  Republic WA

as woles increace ungulates WILL decrease

Jim Lamb,  Spokane WA

They need funding, attention and habitat. The benefit to successful, Natural, Ungulate management is not costly, in fact, it produces revenue. Revenue is what the state needs anyway.

Kenneth Nilson,  Silverdale WA

Too many deer almost everywhere and elk have invaded areas in Western Wa where they have not been seen before looking for food

Jack Hirsch,  bellevue WA

Deer and elk populations have been severely impacted to current level of predation due to cougars. There is no room for another alpha predator.

Michael Korenko,  Carson WA

I don't believe that we have the population of ungulates to support the amount of wolves called for in the states preferred option

Warren D Gimlin,  East Wenatchee WA

Idaho is a prime example of wolf interaction with deer and elk, some say they only kill the weak, not true, when the snow gets deep they can easily prey on the strong as well, Elk used to bugle alot in Idaho but now they have learned to keep quite or else be harrassed by wolves and killed,

Anonymous

Check out online what a wolf pack does to a cow elk during calving season.

Jeff Butterworth,  Maple Valley WA

Good summary, especially aabout Wolves and hunters who are looking for very different animals to kill.

Lois Neuman,  Vancouver WA

More Elk.

Eric Burr,  Mazama 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

Ungulates and wolves have lived side by side for generations. In that time, wolves have never exterminated the species. Decrease sport hunting and discontinue killing wolves for the sake of satisfying sport hunters.

Michael Heath,  Whitestown IN

The wolves have seriously threatened the elk, moose, deer and even bear populations in, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Wyoming, just to name a few states. Washington State herds are already struggling, please don't allow the wolf to finish off those species.

Teresa Selby,  Bonney Lake WA

I think it is worth pointing out the wolves will go after the sick and old first, not the trophy bucks.

Anonymous

As you look to guidance in formulating wolf management in this state look no further than Idaho. That state had a very viable elk management and hunting program that has all but been destroyed by wolf packs. Vast areas of elk habitat are devoid of animals. We don't have to screw thing up like they have. Protect our elk herds the recreational hunting that pays for the bulk of this departments expenses.

Anonymous

I look at most things in life as to weather it is a benifit or not. Having hunted most of my life in this state I don't believe we need any additional stress or competition on the Elk or Deer population. I believe in a short period of time Wolves will be very sucessfull in there breeding and destruction of other wildlife. I believe it would be as simple as looking to neighboring states that have allowed it or were forced to accept it and are now paying the price. I actually know of hunters who have stoped going to other states to hunt because of the Wolf impact. As usual the destruction will take place and the ability to limit there numbers will not. If the hunting of Wolves is eventually allowed in this state it will be after their numbers are to high especially given the fact "groups" will try to halt any culling or harvesting of the Wolf population, this will drag the time frame beyond a reasonable period and it will come at a heavy price. I believe it is a disservice to all hunters that these animals would be allowed to populate in our state, make no mistake about it they will take over. On one hand I have many reasons against allowing their ability to gain any kind of a foothold in our state and the other hand has not been able to invent one reason to allow them in. Somehow certain people will use the argument that the ecosystem is unbalanced without them which I see as a completely uneducated statement. Its kind of like a garden where you never need to worry about slugs again, how cool would that be!

Anonymous

As wolfs do they hunt and they control population old sick and disabled they can do people a favor by reducing the that feed off gardens ect.

Micheal Pacholski,  Toledo OH

The number killed by wolves is probably underestimated. Update this as more data comes in from non-biased sources (Yellowstone data does not count!)

Darcy Mitchem,  Toutle Wa WA

Need to increase #'s to allow for an economic return to rural areas.

Larry Zalaznik,  Walla Walla WA