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Public Comments on Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)
Online Comments on DEIS: Wolf Conservation and Management Plan for Washington

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Comments on Social, Cultural, and Economic Values (Chapter 2.E):

NO WOLFS

Jim Steveson,  Vader WA

The wolf seems to hold a unique place in human culture in its social, cultural and economic value. This of course also includes negative views, but the majority of Washingtonians support the recovery of the wolf and there are many economic benefits that could come from this. In addition to the ecological benefits of wolf recovery, there are potential economic benefits of the wolf's return. A study at the University of Montana found that gateway communities of Yellowstone have received over $70 million from wolf-related tourism. An entire cottage industry was created around wolves and this may be possible in parts of Washington as well.

Kristin Mitchell,  Seattle WA

As someone who previously lived in Montana, near Yellowstone National Park, I have witnessed first hand how the reintroduction of wolves can have a positive impact on the local economy as people from all over the world visit to learn about wolves and have the opportunity to see them.

Joseph Pullara,  Port Angeles WA

Wolves will be an economic disaster for Washington. They will bring in no money. Management will cost millions.

Kirk Alexander,  Seattle WA

I fear however that white privilege is also responsible for pitiful statements regarding the role of the wolves in many tribal creation stories. Surely the profundity of this observation should not be understated. Surely this is a social concern that does not compromise ecological values. Think it through your head with great intention, let the significance seep slowly into your understanding: the white man prevails, securing land, power, and influence over the subjugated Native Americans, but they did not stop at the wounding of the flesh and the theft of heritage lands, the white man annihilated the symbol of their origin, their beginnings, the touchstone of meaning for their own existence. I think of this every time I am on the Olympic Peninsula and it never fails to inspire a deep sense of melancholy. The very people who oppressed the Native Americans in the first place live well and strong in the guise of the narrow minded, audacious, and self-interested ranchers who now defy the return of the wolves and whose influence has marred the noble intentions of the draft.

Sean V Owen,  Seattle WA

I have lived my life just fine without wolves.

Anonymous

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

You guys know as well as I do that hunters pay the bills, not the hikers and flower sniffers. Do what the bill payers want, or find yourselves out of a job.

Ty Brown,  Naches WA

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

dale denney,  colville WA

Let the people pay for them that want them back. Use the rest of the money to help any thing Left, I"m not talking about tomarrow I'm talking about over time.

Gerald W Guhlke,  Reardan WA

It is unfair that the ranchers are allowed lethal kills of wolves to protect thielr lifestock.The ranchers need to learn to coexist wilth the wolves and use nonlethal deterrants.This cultural ethic of raising cattle for meat and the huge amount of land required is changing.Everywhere I turn I see vegan restaurants opening.Many people are buying and consuming vegetable products at Farmers' Markets.What we eat and how sustainably it is grown is changing. The philosophy of deep ecology says all living creature deserve a right to live.I think the ranchers need to honor our environment and stop using lethat kill as their sole method to manage wolves.Raising meat takes many more resources such as water and grain that raising soy or vegetables.The ranchers livestock raising practices are nonsustainable and I believe they need to change.We do not have that much environment left.I refuse to see all the environmental decisons left up to wealthy and powerful ranchers.They do not care about wolves,wildlife,and a sustainable clean environment.They need to be educated and made to care because America is for everybody not just ranchers.

Jocelyn Eke,  Los Angeles CA

What is wrong with Us????????????????????????

Diane Sonntag,  Tenino WA

the highest value of wolves will be as a big game species.

Stephanie George,  Newport WA

I absolutly do not agree with any of it

Duane Bernard,  Rainier OR

wolves out of control will criple certain areas of the states economy. culturally wolves don't exist here. Socially, folks should move to where the wolves already exist.

Gary Nielsen,  Colville WA

Look to Idaho for the true economic cost of wolves. Idaho has lost many dollars because of to many wolves.

Anonymous

Wolve have a serious impact and is the reason they were hunted so hard in early America.

Wayne Vinyard,  Glenwood WA

More of the same!!!!

FRED S Chapman, Jr,  RAYMOND WA

Get serious!

Robert E Daharsh,  Woodinville WA

I would like to see more emphasis on eco-tourism develped around celebrating the return of wolves in the state.

David Moen,  Oregon City OR

there is no econmic value,what social or cultural value? come on !

bruce oergel,  ellensburg WA

NO WOLVES

Anonymous

The state will benefit from additional money spent by sportsman who purchase wolf-specific tags license. This is an entirely new source of revenue that any state's wildlife department could use, especially in these economic times. Hunters will also travel from other states to spend dollars in Washington to have the chance to pursue wolf, because they don't have that opportunity where they live.

Mark Olis,  

Reflective and considerate of all points of view although again emphasis on economic values for a relative few is frustrating.

Ryan Alexander Sparks,  Pullman 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

They have no value to economic structure. In fact they will eat the elk and deer. Resulting in less revenue from hunter licensing. Watch what you ask for.

Raymond Borbon,  Kirkland WA

Wolves are intelligent, social creatures. They are more valuable alive than dead.

Tina Brown,  Juneau AK

The people who want more wolves don't pay for much. The hunters are the ones who pay for most of the state game budget.

Jay Arment,  Spokane WA

There won't be any you will be paying out money you don't have and when the hunters stop backing you what are you going to do then???????????????????

Joe Headley,  Yakima WA

Need to enhance the understanding of the economic VALUE of wolves - tourism.

Marcia avajas,  Bainbridge Island WA

Wolves are a detriment to all three of these

Kenneth Nilson,  Silverdale WA

Wolves can be a tourist attraction and their potential for taking domestic cattle is over exaggerated by hysterical ranchers. It will happen, but many cattle die of harsh winters, injuries, disease, etc. More than the wolves would kill and wolf killed cattle are reimbursed.

Jack Hirsch,  bellevue WA

Page 35 Line 25: While wolf watching has some economic benefits it will never even come close to the money's lost to the local residents, local economies, and the state when they are at proposed population levels. The authors must have looked hard for this information. Central and northern Idaho business related to deer and elk hunting have declined by over 50% in recent years. Idaho currently has over approximately 7,000 non-resident deer and elk tags available for sale. I have no data on the decrease in resident license sales however these are also down significantly. The loss of the revenue associated with the non-sale of these tags and associated licenses amounts to over 3.5 milliion dollars. In addition research done in the state of Colorado estimates that each hunter spends approximately $3500 per season. Multiply this times 3500 (out of state hunting licenses sold, most hunters will by both deer and elk so this is a guess) you get an additional 12.25 million. Now contiune to work these numbers through local business, services, taxes and jobs and wolf reintroduction has cost the state in direct dollars 15.7 million dollars. This is a significant direct dollar loss that I see little discussion about in the documents provided. This also does not account for the revenue generated by the resident hunter or sportsman. In addition to these direct costs indirect costs such as management, Fish and Game staff time, extra staffing, vehicles etc and the cost of reintroduction well may exceed 25 million dollars annually. Where are these figures discussed.? These are significant impacts that seem to be unaddressed in any of the documents provided to the public. There are no econimic values to wolf reintroduction and I am sure that the public has not been made aware of these facts.

Anonymous

none positive what so ever, it is going to cost the state of washington alot of money to manage them as well as reimbursement to ranchers etc. as well as lost revenue from liscence and tag sales from the hunting community, as already seen in idaho.

Anonymous

Very Good! I especially like the "Attitudes in Washington".

Lois Neuman,  Vancouver WA

Vital to the eco system

MB ,   FL

These wolves have absolutely no social, cultural or economic values what so ever.

Teresa Selby,  Bonney Lake WA

If I introduced a animal as aggressive as these can be I would be arrested.

Anonymous

Economically any proposal that puts the Non-native Canadian Grey Wolf in Washington should place fear in Hikers, Hunters, Families, children, Farmers, Pet Owners, etc. Imagine the Press when someones Child is snatched from their fenced yard by the Canadian Grey Wolf Killers you are so Quick to allow to Exist. Financially I hope it breaks all that allow this injustice to continue. Washington State, WDFW, and the Animal Rights Groups that make you into such cowards. You know its Wrong!

Larry Hill,  Brush Prairie WA

We all need open space. We all need wild space. Completely wild. We need accessible places, where we can know that the land is how it is meant to be. Untouched, unspoiled. We need such legacy to pass on to our children. Animals are great, are to be respected. We need to remember who we are. How we act. What we leave behind. What we will have, generations from now. We need places where we can breathe fresh, clean air. Listem and hear only wilderness. Walk, and encounter only the essence of nature. Let's let wild back into our lives. Protect the wolves. Protect their lands. Protect their food web, and we will thrive. We must make decisions that are balanced and sane, not swayed by money and politics, but more by what we leave as inheritance.

Anonymous

The economic cost of wolves is weak and needs to be updated yearly.

Darcy Mitchem,  Toutle Wa WA

Our society eliminated them for a reason.

Larry Zalaznik,  Walla Walla WA

Quite good.

Thomas F McLaughlin,  Spokane WA