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Comments on Wolf Predation of Ungulates (Chapter 5.A):

population goes down when wolves are present

eldon riggle,  clarkston WA

Elk and deer (and mountain sheep!) need another predator!

Ann Soule,  

resaech is needed to undertand the impacts. How much resaech is being performed on the Methow Valley deer herds with regard to wolf predation?

Anonymous

Save our wild game. Limit wolf population. See ungulate population declines in Banff National Park and Yellowstone, after wolf reintroduction.

Kirk Alexander,  Seattle WA

The critical impact on ungulate populations, most of which seem to be below target levels, appears to be over hunting. The wolf hunts to survive, the human hunts to kill. I recognize that there are portions of the population who see hunting as a means for obtaining a meal, yet such efforts are married to the love of the hunt, while the actual method of acquiring food is purely a life choice. Again, the wolf kills to survive, the human kills out of unnecessary choice.

Sean V Owen,  Seattle WA

Dose not largely affect size of ungulate herds.

Tristan Higgins,  Seattle WA

A hunting season for wolves will be necessary to maintain a huntable population of ungulates.

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

wolves kill a lot more than our herds can sustain

Ross MacArthur,  Cusick WA

In three years the elk populations will be devistated, look and Idaho.

Ty Brown,  Naches WA

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

dale denney,  colville WA

Elk and deer herds on the Olympic Peninsula are already in decline, why add wolves to make the situation worse.

Jerry Doyle,  Port Angeles WA

IT will strengthen herds

Diane Sonntag,  Tenino WA

I've seen it and you don't need it or want it, it's devastating to deer & elk herds

Duane Bernard,  Rainier OR

I think that we have too many deer in the Methow Valley. I think the wolves will help make our deer herd healthier and improve our ecosystems from over-grazing by deer.

Jennifer Molesworth,  Twisp WA

The cost cannot be measured as to the amount of damage that wolves will do to the ungulate populations.

Daniel Haydon,  Creston WA

We all know what wolves eat

Anonymous

Get real. Totally understates the impacts.

Wayne Vinyard,  Glenwood WA

We all know that wolves do not only kill to survive. They also kill for fun. How can we justify the waste? Who does this not bother? Why shoot yourself in the foot?

Don Reeves,  wenatchee WA

If this is a problem eliminate the wolves until it isn't a problem and the ungulates get back to historic levels.

Anonymous

I would be very happy to see how wolves begin to bring health to these populations.

David Moen,  Oregon City OR

Unclear why Wolves will be allowed into areas such as Willapa Hills when the effect on ungulate population is totally unknown. We currently have deer population problems in the Willapas. There hasn't been a comprehensive study on the deer in SW WA coastal zone for many decades. It appears translocation will likely be used on the coast. Why go forward with wolf translocation to an area where ungulate populations may not be able to sustain wolves and hunting pressure.

Darren Manlow,  South Bend WA

NO WOLVES

Anonymous

You have no tool to prevent catostrophic losses in local prey populations until regional goals are met. All deer in columbia county die before there is a mating pair in Spokane county?

Anonymous

Wolves are large predators that travel in packs and require the consumption of large amounts of protein. They get this protein from ungulates. If wolf numbers aren't kept in check then they feed on too many ungulates, which are also hunted for food and sport by humans. If ungulate populations are reduced too much then hunters won't be able to hunt these areas for ungulates and they won't be spending their money to hunt these areas either.

Mark Olis,  

A natural process, unlikely to negatively impact preferred trophy animals.

Ryan Alexander Sparks,  Pullman WA

Do not release any more wolves into this state.

Kevin Wolf,  Lacey WA

Wolves cull the sick and the weak. That benefits the herds.

Tina Brown,  Juneau AK

It's their natural food!!!The healthier the ungujlate population is (better habitat, better forage) the less likely the wolves will eat livestock! The hunting lobby doesn't get to control this!

Marcia avajas,  Bainbridge Island WA

Elk and deer poulations in washington cannot absorb another alpha predator. The cougar population is already destroying many previously healthy populations. The loss of Ungulates will equate to the loss of hunting opportunities and loss of revenue for hunting license and loss of revenue for the communities that benefit from hunter (gas, food, lodging etc)

Michael Korenko,  Carson WA

They will devastate the ungulate population in this state

Warren D Gimlin,  East Wenatchee WA

The effect of adding wolves will eventually be a reduction in overall herd numbers, less opportunity for hunters, loss of revenue to the state and local economies. Your information regarding the impacts in Idaho is incorrect and false, and needs to be corrected. As I have already pointed out a 25% reduction in non-resident tag sales has occurred this year. Opportunities for hunters have been reduced significantly in a number of ways. In central and northern Idaho tag quotas were put in effect this year. All general seasons were reduced in length. Either sex seasons were reduced in length. Hunter opportinities were significently reduced across millions of acres. Special hunt tags have been reduced significantly or eliminated. Gentlemen this is a fact and "YOUR" statements need to be corrected. An elk calf that is not born because of the fear of the cow of a wolf is a lost calf. Dead or unborn is an animal killed by the wolf. Page 77 Idaho has determined that "wolf" predation has exceeded carrying capacity. There fore the assessment can be made that herds are on the decline, and that less elk will be available for the hunter. Here is a quote from their plan "In several studies wolves were documented to take old deer in excess of their proportion of abundance in the population, and wolves tended to take elk calves in excess of their abundance in the population (Table 4; Kunkel et al. 1999). Husseman and Power (1999) similarly reported wolves taking elk calves in excess of their proportion of abundance in the population. Fifty-eight percent of elk killed by wolves near Salmon, Idaho during winter 1999 were calves (Husseman and Power 1999); whereas, calves comprised approximately 17% of the elk population in the area at that time (Kuck and Rachael" These are not elk "hiding in the woods theses are elk that are gone and ungulant populations that will take years to recover. A quote from the Idah plan regarding predation in Montana from the Montana studes says "However, Kunkel and Pletscher (1999) documented that predation by wolves and other predators (i.e., mountain lions, grizzly bears, black bears, coyotes, and humans) on ungulate species in northwestern Montana appeared to be mostly additive to the effect of other mortality factors and that predation appeared to be the primary factor limiting the growth of deer and elk populations" this is "0" growth and you have already stated that the other states have not seen a reduction in numbers. Lets see reduced tags, reduced seasons, reduced hunting numbers, and 0 growth in some areas. I am not sure that your plan accurately protrays, or even suggests that all may not be rosey when the wolves are up to targeted population numbers. Don't you think that some of this stuff is worth mentioning. Perhaps we need more narrative about the positive opportunities for wolf watching or the reduction in habitat loss along a segment of one river in the ONP

Anonymous

The plan should include a stipulation for maintaining a balance between predtors/prey. Establish a healthy percentage of predators/prey that will allow our elk herds to continue to recover. That would probably require a reduction in the cougar population.

Anonymous

Keep wolves out of Washington!

Florence Wheeler,  Vancouver WA

Very good summary.

Lois Neuman,  Vancouver WA

kill all wolves wont be eny predation

doug carney,  ellensburg WA

Well, it is what they eat. Should strengthen the overall health of the herd by culling the weak.

Anonymous

This is natural.

Anonymous

The impact on moose needs to be better analyzed. The impact on big game needs updated annually as data comes in from other states.

Darcy Mitchem,  Toutle Wa WA

See Lolo Unit in Idaho for statistics.

Larry Zalaznik,  Walla Walla WA