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Comments on Wildlife Watching (Section


Jim Steveson,  Vader WA

What is more intertaining than watching a family of wildlife, it may be elk, racoons,deer,squerls what ever, wolves have to eat like everything else. It is not worth the cost, the cost come in so many different forms!

Rick ,  Centralia WA

what will we watch old movies of the park.you can go to montana and idaho and see what the wolfs have done to the animals their.

john gilbertson,  port angeles WA

Very important to our state

Lisa Dabek,  Seattle WA

Any wolf tourism HAS to be implemented in a completely non-instrusive way, or not at all.


no one is going to travel to watch wolves here.


The statements that wildlife watching with respect to wolves are a source of increased revenue are at odds with the concept (regarding public safety) that wolves tend to keep away from human activity.

David Willson,  North Bend WA

The presence of wolves on public lands will provide new opportunities for viewing of wildlife and importantly - help to reestablish the opportunity for observation of a wholly intact ecosystem.

Joseph Pullara,  Port Angeles WA

Wildlife watching will severely decline due to wolves and their decimation of wildlife.

Kirk Alexander,  Seattle WA

Wolves have been in yellowstone national park for years, if you want to watch them go there or a zoo. They have no business in our ecosystem. Remember that Yellowstone does not get hunted, thus wolves play an important roll there. Washington game gets hunted thus replacing the wolfs roll.

Johnny Rebel,  East Wenatchee WA

Compare the number of hunters to the number of wildlife observers, both in regards to in-state residents and out-of-town visitors and then let reason reign. Who represents the larger democratic interest and who represents the largest current and potential revenue stream for the state? Surely 330,000 guests from outside the state, bringing with them the compounding effects of tourism revenue, more than outweighs the 3,000 visiting hunters who provide little revenue but much competition to the objective at hand of revitalizing wolf populations in Washington. Control the hunters and encourage respectful ecotourism.

Sean V Owen,  Seattle WA

Wolves will only contribute to watching wildlife and economy based on wildlife watching

Tristan Higgins,  Seattle WA

Use the Yellowstone Park example for success. This will help tourism and create jobs. (The Olympic Nat.l Park and Forest would be a perfect place.)


We would love to see and photograph wolves in their natural environment in WA state and will benefit tourism industry.

Joe Sheeran,  Ellensburg WA

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

dale denney,  colville WA

Go to Canada and watch

Gerald W Guhlke,  Reardan WA

Picture this a man and his son want to go on a hike and look for wildlife, but there is no season open so being lawful they take no gun, they are only wildlife watching not hunting. But they get stocked and attached by wolves. Wolves will kill them, we are not going to be safe anymore.

AnonymousClarkston WA

I think it's worthwhile, gives a message to our children and their children that we need to conserve all wildlife but it needs to be done in a controlled situation.


Opportunities for the general public to observe and hear wolves in the wild should be maximized. Experience in Yellowstone National Park since the reintroduction of wolves in 1995 demonstrates that travel and tourism in gateway communities (like Gardiner and West Yellowstone, Montana) have greatly increased even in the winter season. Alternative 3, clearly, presents the best alternative for increased public observation of wolves in the wild, and thereby increasing the chances for public acceptance of the presence of wolves in the wild. As stated on page 61 (lines 3 thru 9): "this alternative would likely result in larger numbers of wolves over larger portions of their range in Washington . . . which could bring wolf watching opportunities to this [Pacific Coast] region, including Olympic National Park. This alternative would expand wolf-related education and outreach, which could increase public interest in watching or hearing wolves." I believe that opportunities for having the wolf in Olympic National Park should be encouraged to a greater degree than Alternative 2 (Preferred Alternative) would allow.

Ron Good,  Port Townsend WA

Not considered as ancillary role if probably is. While some people travel to see unique species such as Sandhill Cranes, most wildlife watching takes place in conjuntion with other activites such as hiking, etc. I doubt there will ever be significant 'wolf tourism' in the state. Even in the Lamar Valley of Yellostone the wolf is very elusive.

Kenneth G Matney,  Ellensburg WA

no one will come to see wolves.

Stephanie George,  Newport WA

if wolves come in to the area they will gravitate to wildlife feening areas and kill anything that comes there look at Jackson feeding grounds in wyo

gary Ryan,  sekiu WA

I look enjoy seeing and hearing wolves.

Jennifer Molesworth,  Twisp WA

Few public enjoy watching elk get ripped apart alive. Few elk and deer leave little but birds to watch.

Wayne Vinyard,  Glenwood WA

I would love to see a wolf in the wild but am very willing to travel to another state to do so.

Don Reeves,  wenatchee WA

You will see less if you let them go!!!!


The presence of wolves will attract wildlife watchers to rural and out of the way areas of the state, resulting in an influx of tourist money to otherwise economically depressed areas.

Jana Hobbs,  Kirkland WA

Many of us are overjoyed with the opportunity to view rare wildlife such as wolves.

James R Salkas,  Oak Lawn IL

I would be the first to pay to go "wolf watching" and believe this eco-tourism aspect should be greatly developed for the state.

David Moen,  Oregon City OR

these people will bring in little money and where will they go to watch a pack of wolves bring down a elk?

bruce oergel,  ellensburg WA



Wolf excursions are a vibrant component of eco-tourism.

Scott Nicolai,  Ellensburg WA

We all have the close cousin the coyote and dogs to watch and tend without another overgrown preditor to worry about.

Tom Freeman,  Tonasket WA

Due to the increased number of cats and bears, I don't have the opportunity to watch much wildlife anymore.


Wolfs are night critters and with less deer and elk wildlife watching will be less productive.


Wolf presence in the Washington would in my opinion accentuate the available wildlife watching opportunities.

Ryan Alexander Sparks,  Pullman WA

Great PHENOMENAL for the economy !!

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


This is a scam. Only a small number of people will find wolves in their native environment and come to watch them there.

Raymond Borbon,  Kirkland WA

Eco-tourism, particularly wildlife watching, is growing by leaps and bounds. People would pay a lot for the chance to see a wolf in the wild.

Tina Brown,  Juneau AK

Won't it be fun to watch a pack of wolves hamstring and disembowel a moose mother and her calf? How touching......

Jay Arment,  Spokane WA

Rebuild our big game herds and the financial benifits will follow, watching wolves is only going to piss off the hunters and farmers

Joe Headley,  Yakima WA

Yes, yes, yes! This will briing in huge amount of revenue for local area - more than hunting! Don't know how far your jurisdiction fall into this, but please make sure any "wolf watching" licenses for guides includes strong limits on anything that would harass wolves or otherwise go ahainst the intent of the wolf recovery plan. Promote the eco friendly wolf watching as much as possible.

Marcia avajas,  Bainbridge Island WA

when the wolf is present, the wildlife I like to watch are not.

Jim Lamb,  Spokane WA

More Wolves would put more people at risk partaking in this activity.

Kenneth Nilson,  Silverdale WA

Wolves are a great tourist draw in Yellowstone. They could do the same here

Jack Hirsch,  bellevue WA

I have seen 5 wolves here in Washington have you? how Are we going to show people wolves at this rate.

Rick Turvey,  Yakima WA

Under Alterantive 3 the Draft states, "This alternative would expand wolf-related education and outreach, which could increase public interest in watching or hearing wolves." The State might be interested in the projected dollars that Yellowstone NP thinks are generated by wolves being in the Park.

Ed Wilson,  Enumclaw WA

people in favor of wolves have never seen a wolf in the wild and just because you bring them back doesnt mean your gonna see one either. as far as some saying people will travel to washington state to see wolves, why would they when they can just go to montana, wyoming , idaho to see them, because they dont..


This will help draw more ecotourists to the region

Andrew Reding,  Port Townsend WA

Wildlife Watching needs to have respectful rules that do not infer with Wolves ability to breed or their roles as top predators in our state's ecosystems.

elizabeth archambault,  Seattle WA

Good summary. I had not thought of Wolf-based tourism.

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

great to watch and stay away

Gary Hemenway,  Hoquiam WA

What an added experience to have the opportunity to see/experience the wolves.


People will love wolf watching.

Micheal Pacholski,  Toledo OH

Again place a breeding pair downtown seattle with a skyview cam and all you liberals can avoid making a long trip to the wild wild eastside and messing up my hunting


Wolves will hit the areas where elk congregate for feeding (Oak Creek etc.) and virtually eliminate big game Wildlife Watching sites.

Darcy Mitchem,  Toutle Wa WA

Lazy asses that need to watch from a car window.

Larry Zalaznik,  Walla Walla WA

This is fine.

Thomas F McLaughlin,  Spokane WA