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Comments on Wolf Depredation on Livestock and Domestic Dogs (Chapter 4.A):


Jim Steveson,  Vader WA

We need to lok at some of our neighboring states (Idaho, Montana) I think it speeks for itself! What are we thinking?

Rick ,  Centralia WA

happens all the time if wolves are present

eldon riggle,  clarkston WA

it will happen- it's only time

john gilbertson,  port angeles WA

I fully support a reasonable compensation program for livestock and working dog depredations.

Kristin Mitchell,  Seattle WA

I believe people should accept that our encroachment on predator habitat will cause some loss of livestock and pets.

Ann Soule,  

Governments Federal & State alike have enough funds to compensate animal owners for PROVEN depredation by wolves. The actual total of animals lost to wolves each year is negligible and should not be held against them as a species. Any fair compensation should REPLACE and not be COUPLED with wolf control or culling activities.


The lethal kill provisions for livestock owners and private citizens whose livestock or domestic dogs are attacked by wolves while wolves are in threatened or sensitive status are too liberal during the critical early phases of wolf recovery and could slow recovery.

Gail V Wengerd,  Puyallup WA

dogs should be compensated for if killed by wolves.


Experience has shown that reintroduction of wolves to an area with livestock present will result in some depredation but that this is not large enough to have any serious economic impact and can be controlled and managed in a responsible manner.

Joseph Pullara,  Port Angeles WA

The lethal kill provisions for livestock owners and private citizens whose livestock or domestic dogs are attacked by wolves while wolves are in threatened or sensitive status are too liberal during the critical early phases of wolf recovery and could slow recovery.

Kaitlin Krhounek,  Seattle WA

The compensation for wolf predation on livestock should be equivocal to compensation for predation as a result of any other major predator.

Sean V Owen,  Seattle WA

There needs to be a fully funded compensation program before the final EIS is adopted by the Commission.


Reimbursement for livestock and domestic dogs should be made based on full-market value.


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

it will happen

Ross MacArthur,  Cusick WA

It's inevidible, plan on paying a lot of money on this, we have the smallest area, and the highest population density in any "wolf habitat" state.

Ty Brown,  Naches WA

Manipulated information that is misleading, a sales pitch for wolves. Wolves should be lethally removed that prey on livestock.

dale denney,  colville WA

I have some really good cattle dogs then are going to become of little use to gather cattle. they will attract wolves and the wolves will kill them without me being able to defend them. this happens fast and has happened often in Idaho to hunting and stock dogs. Cattle well they really can not defend themselfes agains wolves.

AnonymousClarkston WA

My wife, two year old son and I enjoy hiking in the woods of Washington state. I will be afraid for the safety of my family if you introduce these wolfs into our state. I will keep enjoying the outdoors, but will take the necessary precautions to protect my family. You will also be responsible for keeping these wolfs away from my pets and livestock, and off of my property.


Have trained officials deal with this-not angry citizens with guns

Diane Sonntag,  Tenino WA

Dogs would most likely be killed/injured by wolves if they were not being controlled by their owners. I do not support compensation for that. I am ok with killing wolves that kill dogs in order to reduce the chance of habituation.

Matt Dahlgreen,  Wenatchee WA

The state has a huge deficit, so how will it pay for depredation

Jess Kayser,  Centerville WA

Dogs should be compensated for.

Stephanie George,  Newport WA

Only one way to avoid it, keep them out NOW

Duane Bernard,  Rainier OR

Domestic dogs that harrass wolves on public lands should be removed. A wolf that is defending itself from domestic dogs should not be punished.

Jennifer Molesworth,  Twisp WA

People have a responsibility to their pets and livestock to protect them from all danger. Wolves are a significant danger to domestic animals and should not be allowed to attack even one dog, cat, cow, sheep or other domestic animal.

Daniel Haydon,  Creston WA

When the deer elk moose calfs are all eaten then the domestic animals become prey.


This will be a serious problem and the plan completely under rates this issues. The plan must address issues and solution in Appendix D.

Wayne Vinyard,  Glenwood WA

It's a given and guess what their next target is when the livestock and dogs are all gone????? you and me...




Owners of livestock and dogs should be able to defend their property against wolves regardless the status of the wolf.


Livestock losses and domestic dog losses have been high in our neighbor state Idaho. Stop now!

John Eaton,  Ellensburg WA

look at the problems in other states

scott fowler,  burlington WA

this will be fatal to livestock producers and dog owners in wolf recovery areas

bruce oergel,  ellensburg WA



Lethal control is reserved from these predators until they have reached sensitive. They may eat stockdogs and pets until then unopposed




We live in the country and coyotes eat our cats and occasionally take a dog. Wolves will do the same.


The government MUST be willing to reimburse people. Otherwise without the support of government, people will simply shoot on sight.

Wade Moss,  Rice WA

If allowed to be hunted wolves would fear humans more and they would keep away from populated areas, which in turn would reduce the attack on domestic dogs. Livestock could be protected as well because the rancher would have the ability to control problem wolves on his own and in a timely manner, instead of waiting on the Feds to do something, which can take a long time.

Mark Olis,  

Over population will damage livestock and demestic animals.

Tom Freeman,  Tonasket WA

.serious problem if not addressed early

Charles Oueis,  Spokane WA

Unlikely but a factor to be considered. Livestock cannot be the primary player in any management plan. Domestic pets are already killed by wildlife, the arrival of wolves should not be treated as any different.

Ryan Alexander Sparks,  Pullman WA

Do not release any more wolves into this state.

Kevin Wolf,  Lacey WA

A REAL danger, realized in Idaho and Montana after their disastrous reintroductions.

Jay Arment,  Spokane WA

This is a false issue. Let's get past it.

Kevin O'Halloran,  Seattle WA

Two different things, I think - seperate them in peoples' minds. Depredation on livestock is intricately tied to other available food source - i.e. ungulates. Need to strenthen ungulate population to minimize depredation on livestock. Depredation on dogs seems to be more of a territorial dispute - need to really educate the public about the risks. Point out these risks currently exist with cougards (albeit for different reasons - not territorial) rather than give people the impression that the woods were safe for dogs until wolves came into the picture. I have an Irish Wolfhound who is probably bigger than most wolves, but I still keep him close when hiking...personal responsibility and acceptance of risk. Can you legislate that?

Marcia avajas,  Bainbridge Island WA

It should never happen. That is why they disappeared in the first place.

Jim Lamb,  Spokane WA

I'm in favor of compensation for livestock losses from wolf depredation. I am not in favor of allowing wolves that attack dogs to be killed, even though I have 6 dogs of my own. Dog owners should be watchful when in wolf country.

Steve Eichelberger,  Tacoma WA

If a wolf was attacking or chasing my live stock or dog I would shoot it, and I think you should be able to defend what is yours.

Rick Turvey,  Yakima WA

I believe that if pesticides were never used, there would be sufficient voles and mice, etc where wolves would NEVER have any interest in livestock! The typical diet of a wolf is MICE; so why use pesticides (which also pollute the earth) which will KILL them? FEED these mice and voles to the wolves, and there will be NO livestock issues. Also, 50 years ago, fields always had a "buffer" zone of at least 2-3 feet around fences; mice would live there; why not do that now!

Janet Waite,  Lynnwood WA

Its going to happen, only option is how much the state is willing to reimburse the victims.


reimburse farmers for PROVEN wolf kills

Elizabeth Enger,  Greenwater WA

Keep wolves out of Washington!

Florence Wheeler,  Vancouver WA

Good summary.

Lois Neuman,  Vancouver WA

Maybe after the wolves begin to thrive and spread, they will eventually begin to push against the borders of farms and their territories.

Ka'imiloa ,  Battle Ground WA

If you live in a rural area or county area, if you have a wolf on your property, you should be able to shoot the wolf to protect yourself and/or your livestock.

Teresa Selby,  Bonney Lake WA

A generous payment policy for livestock. Domestic dogs have plenty of other potential predators - coyotes, bear, cougars, etc. I'm sure they will be able to adapt.


Wolves kill to survive and they will Kill anything that thewy want! It will hurt severly the Farmers and pet owners. You should be ready to Pay for all Losses with Replacement Cost and with pets a Pain and Suffering award. When a Child Dies I hope that you lose everything.

Larry Hill,  Brush Prairie WA

The requirement for training before anyone can harass a wolf that is chasing or killing domestic animals is rediculuous!!!

Darcy Mitchem,  Toutle Wa WA

You see them, you kill them.

Larry Zalaznik,  Walla Walla WA

Quite good here.

Thomas F McLaughlin,  Spokane WA