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Comments on Recent Impacts of Wolves on Ungulates in Neighboring States (Chapter 5.B):

In my town I know of roughly 23 hunter who have been going to Idaho hunting for close to20 years, they QUIT going 2 years ago because they see no game now. They contribute this to the number of wolves there now. That is just one little town, how much money are they loosing in out of state hunters?

Rick ,  Centralia WA

check idaho-montana and wyoming there game herds have been depleted-idaho fish and game has lost a lot of money because of the loss of game animals to wolves

eldon riggle,  clarkston WA

The hunting results I've heard (not scientific) for Northern Idaho, and some into Montana are terrible for elk and down some for deer. These out-of-state elk hunters don't sound like they will go back as it was a waste of time and money. (Some went every year.)

John P Nordheim,  Waitsburg WA

elk hunting in areas with wolfs are down 80 percent

john gilbertson,  port angeles WA

let's not follow ID lead on wolf recovery to the point of struggling big game populations. We should manage them before that point/ Be prepared for lawsuits.

Anonymous

Wolves have decimated certain populations of elk in Idaho.

Kirk Alexander,  Seattle WA

The localized impacts to elk and deer are always more impactful to users of an area than described. Generalizing to a region doesn't capture the emotional impact of local packs impact on an individuals hunting area.

Dan Howell,  Kelso WA

See above.

Sean V Owen,  Seattle WA

Talk to Casey Anderson of the OX Ranch at Council, Idaho. He has been participating in a scientific study conducted by Oregon State University and he can tell you the relationship between wolves, ungulates and livestock.

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

I spend at least 60 days a year hunting in Idaho & montana& have found the majority of local residents are extremely bitter about the impacts wolves have had on big game

Ross MacArthur,  Cusick WA

See number 1

Ty Brown,  Naches WA

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

dale denney,  colville WA

Listen to them!

AnonymousClarkston WA

Yellowstone is a good example of how re-introduction helped an out of control ungulate population

Diane Sonntag,  Tenino WA

there have been too many wolves in Idaho for several years and thier big game herds have suffered. I'm hopefull washington will not got to that point.

Stephanie George,  Newport WA

I own a home in Montana as well as Oregon, the herd reductions were unbelievable after wolves got there.

Duane Bernard,  Rainier OR

The decrease population of Ungulates in Idaho along with Alaska's bounty on wolves should tell all!

Bob Hester,  Yakima WA

look at Idaho in the north the elk herds have been desicmated by wolves same in montana and wy

gary Ryan,  sekiu WA

Your comments and analysis is flawed, misleading, and coersive.

Anonymous

THEY ARE wipeing out the wildlife

Anonymous

This is a pipe dream. Get real. Hunters are leaving Idaho by the thousands because of reduced ungulate population due to wolf predation. Talk to local and out of state hunters and you will hear the truth. Spend a day in wolf county and talk to the locals who work on the land and you will hear what impacts really are.

Wayne Vinyard,  Glenwood WA

Look at Idaho...from a farmers view point...not the "scientist"

Anonymous

Wolves undoubtly have a negative impact on ungulates. Hunt the wolves hard and maintain the fewest amount of wolves sustainable.

Anonymous

Huge loss of license purchacing to come in the next few years do to lack of big game opportunities

John Evans,  Longview WA

Guides and outfitters as well as outdoor writers have already shown the negative impact on wildlife when wolves are introduced!

Robert E Daharsh,  Woodinville WA

We must be slow to judge these animals and creative in our sollutions for them- even 'asking' them what sollutions they may have for us.

David Moen,  Oregon City OR

if wolves increase, funds from sport hunting will have a negative impact on the states general fund and communities where these activities take place

scott fowler,  burlington WA

You are very vague in your Draft EIS on population effects on ungulates. Appears that you know it has been devastating in some areas but don't want to admit it. I've been to parts of Idaho with wolves and talked to local hunters. Every first hand account goes against what some of the claims you state in the Draft EIS. They claim most areas once had abundant elk populations are nearly devoid of elk.

Darren Manlow,  South Bend WA

NO WOLVES

Anonymous

I hunt in Idaho in the Frank Church for elk and deer, and while wolves certainly make an impact. The haven't ate them all! They disrupt and change patterns, forcing elk and deer to adopt new strategies. For example, you now longer find elk in the meadow complexes as much in the chamberlain basin. They have been pushed to the rougher country that resides in the salmon river canyons. This is unfortunate for a outfitter that cannot move his boundaries. And may seem to many hunters that the wolves ate all the game. They simply must move their hunting grounds and adopt new strategies which with tradition and memories can be a emotional thing to do. I.e. For four generations we have hunting XXXX meadow complex, and now it's ruined.

Wade Moss,  Rice WA

They are living with it, LIVE AND LEARN TO MANAGE BETTER BY NOT MAKING THERE MISTAKES.

Tom Freeman,  Tonasket WA

Have two montana hunting friends who both think wolfs have reduced the deer and elk. They both paid for a tag to hunt them but never seem to see a wolf when hunting other species.

Anonymous

The state of Idaho has produced faulty information not consistant with proven observation of experts in the field. In short theyre full of shit.

Ryan Alexander Sparks,  Pullman WA

TRAGIC. Local officials in Montana and Idaho wanted to reduce the population YEARS before they were allowed to. Federal Judges are NOT competent to administer game populations.

Jay Arment,  Spokane WA

Mule deer populations down Elk deer populations down Moose deer populations down

Anonymous

Already less out of state hunters are going to Idaho due to wolf predation on elk and deer. I avoided going to Idaho this year as the unit I wanted to hunt was ruined due to wolves. This meant I did not spend money on a tag in Idaho, and all the other money I would have spent in Idaho didn't occur. This will happen in Washington and the loss of in-state and out of state hunting license and other revenue will be huge.

Michael Korenko,  Carson WA

They have devastated the the ungulate population in Idaho and Montana

Warren D Gimlin,  East Wenatchee WA

I don't understand why we create problems and impacts on wildlife and live stock and them go back in and shoot the wolves after they over populate. This process is sickening to me. I would consider myself a conservationist but seeing these wonderful animals shot is not the answer. This kind of restorating and then destroying what we have restored doesn't make any sense. The public that views this process has to wonder. We should have left their populations alone in Washington State and else where. I guess its like cougars and coyotes, we control them by hunting because we control nature. I just don't feel like we need to add populations and then destroy them. I look forward to your response.

Gary L Johnson,  Raymond WA

Good information.

Lois Neuman,  Vancouver WA

Disease, weather, and hunters kill more ungulates than wolves.

Michael Heath,  Whitestown IN

Hunters seem to have a big lobby group on perpetuating fear that wolves will eat everything.

Anonymous

Wolves don't have states.

Anonymous

This info. in your report is weak or speculative. Update this annually as info. comes in from other states.

Darcy Mitchem,  Toutle Wa WA