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Comments on Other Types of Backcountry Recreation (Section


Jim Steveson,  Vader WA

It seems like our backcountry is getting so crowded, everywere you go we have to co-exist to eachother and the animals,There is no place in out mountains that is good for Grizzly bears

Rick ,  Centralia WA

i will be afraid to walk in the park.

john gilbertson,  port angeles WA

I think the presence of wolves will enhance the backcountry experience for many users.

Ray DePuydt,  Kettle Falls WA

Back country recreation with pet dogs will become dangerous if wolves populate our forests.

Kirk Alexander,  Seattle WA

I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to see wolves while on wilderness trips in Alaska --- in Gates of the Arctic NP and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (4 times). I have been backpacking in Olympic NP for 30 years, on and off the trails. I hope I have the great privilege of hearing or seeing wolves in the Olympics, where they belong.

Patricia Willits,  Port Angeles WA

No comment.

Sean V Owen,  Seattle WA

I strongly oppose any plans to introduce wolves anywhere in Washington. Yes, I know they are already here. They will spread on on their own and will do great damage to wildlife eventually, and this should not be aided by the department.

Gregory R Field,  Seattle WA

I think the presence of wolves will attract backcounty use and therefore increase tourism and jobs; just ask the folks at Yellowstone NP.


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

dale denney,  colville WA

We'll see how safe we are, as they clean up their food supply & stress every thing else.

Gerald W Guhlke,  Reardan WA

I don't worry about wolves near as much as I do mountain lions.

Matt Dahlgreen,  Wenatchee WA

Wolves don't stay in the back country

Duane Bernard,  Rainier OR

We are avid hikers and siting a wolf would be the thrill of a lifetime.

Kathleen Fisher,  Shoreline WA

We are avid hikers and siting a wolf would be the thrill of a lifetime.

Frank Fisher,  Shoreline WA

I will diffently carry a gun in areas known to have wolves for protection

gary Ryan,  sekiu WA

It is a privilege to see wildlife in the back country.

Charles LeBer,  Port Angeles WA

As wolves rapidly get plentiful and extremely bold and hungry with lack of game people and espcecially young children will be easy prey. Does the plan propose bells and pepper spray to turn wolf packs?

Wayne Vinyard,  Glenwood WA

The back country would be no longer safe

James Schleusner,  Glenwood WA

will cause conflicts with unarmed re creationist.just like cats and bear!!!!


I should have the right to protect my dog if hiking and it gets attacked by a wolf, period.

Corey Watson,  Auburn WA

The danger of backcountry attacks will cause hikers and campers undo stress.

John Eaton,  Ellensburg WA

We need education about how to interact with wolves in the backcountry. Could WA draw on info. that AK has developed for this?

David Moen,  Oregon City OR



The sound of wolf packs communicating will bring more day hikers/climbers/backpackers to the Olympics and Cascade Mountains. This is a big attraction to the Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario.

Scott Nicolai,  Ellensburg WA

Could possibly cause hickers, backpackers and others fall pray to these large animals.

Tom Freeman,  Tonasket WA

I see no conflict with back country recreation so long as information dispersal plans are in place to mitigate the risk to both humans and animals.

Ryan Alexander Sparks,  Pullman WA

I can only imagine the trails having an increase at the chance of getting a glimpse of a Washington wolf.

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


Education is key to help people understand wolves and how best to interact (or not) with them.

Kristi Hendrickson,  Seattle WA

perceived concerns over personal safety. should read over concerns of personal safety and the safety of their pets.

Jim Rubert,  Puyallup WA

Wolves will be a danger to hikers and campers in the backcountry.

Raymond Borbon,  Kirkland WA

Backpackers will be at greater risk from wold packs, especially children.

Jay Arment,  Spokane WA

Back Packer are now being harrassed by cougars and having to defend themselves. Wolves will just attack they like to chase

Joe Headley,  Yakima WA

The presence of wolves would make it very challenging to take children into the backcountry.

William Wolf Hoke,  Bremerton WA

Education re encountering wolves. Need rules to minimize harrassment of wolves.

Marcia avajas,  Bainbridge Island WA

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

Kenneth Nilson,  Silverdale WA

If you don't want to take a chance in the woods - stay home

Roger Wallace,  Leavenworth WA

Again Alternative state no problem.

Ed Wilson,  Enumclaw WA

Wolves in North Cascades National Park, hikers, and a prohibition on the carrying of firearms in said national park, what will be done to protect their safety. That would mean that our considerably anti gun congress as well as our state legislature might have to admit their may be a use for firearms after all.

Jeff Butterworth,  Maple Valley WA

Backcountry Recreation needs to be managed in such a way as to keep users of Backcountry Recreation at a respectful distance to allow Wolves to perform their roles as top predators in our state's ecosystems

elizabeth archambault,  Seattle WA

Outreach and education are critical, good plan.

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

Those not prepared or take safety precautions should have to pay for some of the search and rescue efforts to find them. Back country travel should REQUIRE a locator beacon on each person.

Rick Felty,  Lakewood WA

Like above, what an opportunity!


People will have to be careful.

Micheal Pacholski,  Toledo OH

Closing land to use because of wolves should never be an option. The enviro's will use wolves (and other Threatened/endangered) species to kick people out. Wolves must learn to live with people and must learn to fear people.

Darcy Mitchem,  Toutle Wa WA

Get out and do it!

Larry Zalaznik,  Walla Walla WA