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Comments on Ungulate Status in Washington (Chapter 5.C):

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Sean V Owen,  Seattle WA

Mountain caribou could be come prey for wolves in Washington, although mountain caribou are endangered wolf control should be done habitat protection would be a more successful option.

Tristan Higgins,  Seattle WA

We don't need wolves to manage our ungulate herds.


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 is fragile

Ross MacArthur,  Cusick WA

The elk are doing good, the deer are in bad shape. Introduction of a devistating predator like the wolf will seal the fate of this state's deer.

Ty Brown,  Naches WA

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

dale denney,  colville WA

We have more then we know about they would be impossible to count each one.

AnonymousClarkston WA

The numbers aren't high enough to share with wolves.

Jerry Doyle,  Port Angeles WA

Not too bad now, but it will look like the "good old days" compared to what you'll have later

Duane Bernard,  Rainier OR

I myself have noticed the amount of deer in northwest wash.depleating in the last 5 years


Population levels are about right and being managed with hunting. With wolves wall to wall their will not be huntable populations or surplus to hunt.

Wayne Vinyard,  Glenwood WA

Expand herds of ungulates, there is a lot more habitat for ungulates that isn't being utilized because of poor management by the WDFW.


Poor management and abuse by allowing "native Americans" to hunt at will have proven to be a topic of concern by many hunters who hunt year after year and see diminishing numbers, and more restrictions.

Robert E Daharsh,  Woodinville WA



Ungulate populations exist in healthy numbers if anything return of the wolf may help to weed out weakened or diseased individuals.

Ryan Alexander Sparks,  Pullman WA

DISTRESSED already, especially Mule deer, Moose, and Elk.

Jay Arment,  Spokane WA

The ungulate status in washington cannot take another unchecked alpha predator like the cougar.

Michael Korenko,  Carson WA

Hunters currently harvest aprox 8000 elk annyually in Washington. What are they going to harvest after the wolves get their 5000 or so?? All deer herds will decline proportently Have these figures been released to the public????? I think they should be.


The elk herd on the Olympic Peninsula is barely over 80% of it's carring capacity and that is after 15+ yrs of intense management. We can't allow all that effort to be reversed.


wdfw can not manage Ungulates to a healthy population to begin with, why complicate it with wolves. Notice washington state is never featured in any outdoor magazines as a top place to hunt big game, why is that because our hunting opportunities are not meant to be as successful as other states.


Wonderful information.

Lois Neuman,  Vancouver WA

If thare is no elk to hunt Im not bying a tag $ Ill just have resort to poching eny thing to put meet on my table

doug carney,  ellensburg WA

It is noteworthy that most of Washington's major elk herds are below target population goals. Reducing hunter harvest while allowing wolves to move into these areas is an illogical approach, and is fiscally near-sighted. The elk are far more valuable to the state than are wolves. Hunter dollars given to the WDFW for the privilege of hunting elk in these areas will be a major source of funding for habitat preservation and will ultimately benefit more species than just elk. It is my belief that the state should manage habitats for maximum sustainable ungulate populations - the side effects of such a management strategy will be solid funding for the WDFW and good habitat preservation for a multitude of native species. I reiterate- if wolf populations are to expand in WA, a managed hunting season needs to be a part of this strategy to minimize impacts on ungulate populations and to prevent hunters from feeling ignored by WDFW.

Nathaniel Paull,   WA

Overall, as with most places, hunting takes the prime and strong instead of the weak and old. Re-introducing wolves will help this.


Tribal hunting isn't addressed. Lowering any harvest of deer/elk for state hunter must also include lowering tribal harvest. Economic impact of loss of big game hunting is underestimated and weak. Data needs updated annually as it comes in from other western states. Using Yellowstone as a basis of data is stupid. Use Idaho instead.

Darcy Mitchem,  Toutle Wa WA

Due to the "sell tags" mindset in WA, there is no quality to the big game season except for Blue Mountain elk.

Larry Zalaznik,  Walla Walla WA