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Comments on Management Tools for Reducing Wolf Depredation (Chapter 4.B):


Jim Steveson,  Vader WA

Why CREATE a problem, keep the wolves out of this state.

Rick ,  Centralia WA

Use non-lethal methods.

Ann Soule,  

Compensation and proper fence-building, and non-lethal deterrents are the only way to go. Do not use poison. Do not use helicopters.


These have been shown to be effective in other states.

Joseph Pullara,  Port Angeles WA

I prefer the moving of wolves prior to lethal resuction methods whenever possible.

Ray DePuydt,  Kettle Falls WA

Management tools should be liberal. Washington state is in poor economic shape. Capturing and transporting problem wolves will be a significant economic burden. A bullet costs $1.

Kirk Alexander,  Seattle WA

I support providing financial incentives to helping ranchers re-tool for a co-habiting existence with wolves. However, based on the statistics in Table 5, it appears that the ranchers could benefit from the wolves as a means for minimizing coyote populations, since it appears that coyotes have a greater taste for livestock. It is curious that even dogs took more livestock than wolves.

Sean V Owen,  Seattle WA

The onus should be on WDFW. Wolves will belong to the state and any prevention measures should be paid for by the state and not by individual livestock producers.


Farmers should be allowed to self-protect their animals.


my understanding is wolves in areas using high amounts of fladry are becoming acclimated to its use. Similarly livestock protection dogs are not faring well against wolves. There is some research into using metal spiked collars on guard dogs to help increase their chance of survival.

Art Swannack,  Lamont WA

Hunting should be used to manage wolves.

Gregory R Field,  Seattle WA

control wolf numbers

Ross MacArthur,  Cusick WA

Let hunters reduce the wolf populations, they are way more effective than any other means.

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

Translocating them is only a termperory fix most of the time they will come back or cause the same problem in another area.

AnonymousClarkston WA

We have seen first hand how the WDFW manages the other species under their control. I don't see how, with less money, will do any better with the wolf.

Jess Kayser,  Centerville WA

Now we are getting done to the reason for all this stupidity....jobs.....by your relatives managing the wolves.....




Use professional shooters and airplanes like is done in other states. Very effective management tool.


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

More wishful thinking by liberal thought process.

Robert E Daharsh,  Woodinville WA

Rubber bullets and propane canons don't work very well to deter elk so I wonder how they will have much effect a a much more intellegent predator.

Randy Fischer,  Ellensburg WA

I would like to see non-lethal means emphasized. Perhaps the region's zoos could play a role in helping shape wolf behavior and conditioning of poorly behaving animals, such is done with the condor release program and birds that exibit unwanted bahavior. After improvment is shown these animals are released again with success.

David Moen,  Oregon City OR

one comment,law suits will tie this up for years

bruce oergel,  ellensburg WA



See earlier comments - translocate problem animals to the Olympic Peninsula.

Scott Nicolai,  Ellensburg WA


Charles Oueis,  Spokane WA

I am in favor of non lethal methods, lethal removal of animals is only acceptable when all other efforts have been made to address the problem.

Ryan Alexander Sparks,  Pullman WA

State management tool will be taken away by over zealous Federal Judges, and state game populations decimated, once the wolf appears in greater numbers.

Jay Arment,  Spokane WA

A litttle concerned about how you will ensure or manage this. Look at what happened in the Methow Valley? One landowner illegally attempting to wipe out the Lookout pack - but claiming depredation? Sorry, I'm a little lite on the facts here, but there are plenty of people who hate and fear wolves and I'm concerned that landowners are allowed lethal force too early in the recovery and there is no plan for how you will investigate such lethal use. How about more weight on educating landowners to prevent such depredation? Just because you choose to allow your goats to wandeer freely in and around national forest doesn't mean you get to kill any predator who does the natural thing!

Marcia avajas,  Bainbridge Island WA

I think if at one time it might be a good thing to alow hunting on a limited way, such as alowing only a small number and charge for tags, just like cougar.

Rick Turvey,  Yakima WA

this is not a mangement tool it is after the fact solution.


Wonderful Charts.

Lois Neuman,  Vancouver WA

I urge the WDFW to 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.

Diane Shaughnessy,  Auburn WA

Depredation hunts are a means to help control the populations and can be highly successful at controlling the wolf population in certain areas.

Teresa Selby,  Bonney Lake WA

should always be non lethal! guard animals and fencing perhaps


I like the idea of Defenders of Wildlife helping. It will give them the opportunity to work proactively with the forest service, ranchers, and community. Hopefully Washington can avoid the discord present in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.


The best Tool in use by other States is to not allow them to Exist. Once here you will be happy to pay Professional Hunters to Clean up your mess. Also you will be forced to let Hunting Seasons to exist.

Larry Hill,  Brush Prairie WA


Larry Zalaznik,  Walla Walla WA


Thomas F McLaughlin,  Spokane WA