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General comments (Chapter 2):


Jim Steveson,  Vader WA

“A desire to restore natural ecosystems to their former function;” indeed, to ignore this premise is to indulge the unsustainable projection of our society. I was stunned by the survey of hunters, ages 12 years old and older, for as much as I do not wish to promote adultism, one must seriously ponder the credibility of such an assessment. Does the 12 year old have an orientation at odds with the culture of their father or whomever it is that introduced them to hunting, the great redundant art of food collection?

Sean V Owen,  Seattle WA

Sighting confirmation must almost be made by a WDFW officer; however, officers now spend the majority of their time in the office and not out in the field. To be successful, officers need to be able to use and interpret information provided by citizens, but they're reluctant to do so.


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

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

dale denney,  colville WA

I appreciate this forum.Thank you for letting me voice my thoughts on wolf population reestablishment and sustainable agriculture.This is a rare opportunity to make a change in environmental policies.Thank you again.

Jocelyn Eke,  Los Angeles CA

By now you know my feelings; you'll regret them ever coming here

Duane Bernard,  Rainier OR

I found these sections in Chapter 2 to be well researched and interesting.

Jennifer Molesworth,  Twisp WA

When any GMU in the state has over its quota of preditory animals open that given GMU to hunting untel populations are regulated.

Darrell Quimby,  Elma Wa WA

$326000 to $804000 is to much to manage wolves. In a time of poor economics this state & country do not need to spend more money .


I didn't see anything on what this is going to COST over the short and longer term

AnonymousSequim WA

Why would we want wolves to decimate deer and elk populations?

Jeff Frederick,  Moses Lake WA

I am adamantly opposed to the plan as written. To pass it must consider and resolve the issues identified in Appendix D. Wolves have serious impacts on livestock, wildlife, the economy and human interactions. For real life examples talk to the citizens within the wolf recovery efforts in Arizona and New Mexico and their reactions to not being able to do anything except watch as wolves rip the guts out of their livestock while still alive. Check with impacts in Idaho and what the wolves have done to wildlife populations. Coyotes are gone, elk herds desimated. Idaho sells 30,000 out of state hunting licenses each year and is a big part of the economy. In 2009, 10,000 tags went unsold and the state lost 1/3 of the normal income from sales of these licenses due to drop in game populations from wolf predations. Recover wolves, but you don't need them wall to wall across the state! Make sure the plan considers all the points in Appendix D and especially a quick reaction to wolf problems and population numbers. Finally, don't be stupid and ignore history. A tremendous effort was made to stop wolves in early America because of their predation and impacts to human populations. This was done for fun but out of necessity to stop a serious problem. Do not pretend that we can now have the wolf back without the serious problems the have caused in history!

Wayne Vinyard,  Glenwood WA

This is a very bad IDEA... !!!!!!


I feel that every Licence buying person in the State should be notified by mail and a vote should determine if Wolves should be allowed to be reintroduced. I personaly feel that the Wolves that are trying to reistablish are an invasive species (not the original native wolf) and should be treated as an invasive species and they should be eliminated before they get established.

John Evans,  Longview WA

I would like to see a cost per wolf analysis. We have better things to spend our already depleted tax dollars on.

Corey Watson,  Auburn WA

Not popular with hunters/outdoors people talked with about introduction of wolves to this state.

Robert E Daharsh,  Woodinville WA

Cingratulations to the governor and to the commission who were truly "ahead of the issue" and produced a well organized plan.

craig lynch,  ridgefield WA

Generating economic values around celebrating wolves instead of fearing them is a great idea.

David Moen,  Oregon City OR



It seems that we again are forced to deal with the state diving into this threat and then asking for imput. This should have been the topic of discussion before we decided to protect the wolf. Like the old SAYING(Cart before the horse). We only get imput after this state decides to protect this animal. Why are decissions made by the people that never deal with the trouble they cause us, the people that live everyday with the threat have no imput?

Tom Freeman,  Tonasket WA

We oppose introducing any predators to our state or allow the population of any to increase, that will decrease the number of game animals we now have.

Mike Trout,  White Salmon WA

We oppose introducing any predators to our state or allow the population of any to increase, that will decrease the number of game animals we now have.

Laura Trout,  White Salmon WA

I have relatively few concerns with this portion of the draft plan.

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


DO nothing

Joe Headley,  Yakima WA

Gray wolves should be hunted year round to avoid issues that are currently being experienced in Idaho and Montana.

Michael Korenko,  Carson WA

Did any of the surveys mention that this "wolves to be a self-sustaining population. Support exceeds opposition" is goin to eat between 5000-8000 deer and elk annualy. within a few years most elk and deer herds will be below management objectives. Hunter opportunities will be reduced. This is not conjecture it is documented fact just look at Idaho. There are no positive benefits for wolf reintroduction just ask the hunters/sportsman in Idaho.


support a wolf management plan that is strong enough to ensure wolves fully recover—to a population healthy enough to effectively resume their role as top predators in our state's ecosystems


Well Done!

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

should not take an animal from it's enviroment and that was done one time years ago.

Gary Hemenway,  Hoquiam WA

I am appalled that you need to ask a long time resident to tell you what you already Know. These Wolves have no Palce in our State. There not Native and will always be a risk to Humans, Cattle, Goats Dogs, Sheep, Deer, Elk, Coyotes, Birds, every animal that roams freely in Washington. You are awarding a Lottery Loser Death! It will almost certainly be a small Child possibly yours!

Larry Hill,  Brush Prairie WA

Wake up!

Larry Zalaznik,  Walla Walla WA