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Comments on Wolf-Ungulate Interactions on Wintering Grounds (Chapter 5.D):

See above.

Sean V Owen,  Seattle WA

Wintering grounds in Washington are bordered by human neighborhoods. Wolves are going to go where the food is, causing human-wolf conflict.


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 be devistating

Ross MacArthur,  Cusick WA

See numbers 1&3

Ty Brown,  Naches WA

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

dale denney,  colville WA

Wolves will show no mercy to these hungry animals (elk and deer) who are used to food and protection at winter feeding stations.

Jerry Doyle,  Port Angeles WA

Not adequate considerd. A vague statement that basically says "we'll deal with it later" Not acceptable

Kenneth G Matney,  Ellensburg WA

Oh they'll kill a bunch and eat a few

Duane Bernard,  Rainier OR

in Wyo at jackson feeding grounds the wolves start showing up on the grounds when the cow and calves show up they decimate the herds

gary Ryan,  sekiu WA

ASK those people in the bitterroot of Idaho


No brainer. Wolf packs are killing machines. they will slaughter elk and deer in sever winter conditions.

Wayne Vinyard,  Glenwood WA

If wolves are having a negative impact on ungulates while on their wintering grounds, handle the wolves accordingly be shooting enough of them so their is no negative impact.


How are you going to keep the wolves from parking outside the elk feeding areas?

Corey Watson,  Auburn WA


Robert E Daharsh,  Woodinville WA

When the elk are pushed through the fences at Robinson and Joe Watt Canyon feeding stations the department will play hell trying to appease the farmers and ranchers whose property will be damaged. Depradation permits for elk, monetary compenstion for fences and crop damage, trespassing Master Hunter conflicts with city type rural dwellers. It will be a huge headache for someone.

Randy Fischer,  Ellensburg WA

Could be devastating to ungulate populations that congregate during winter. Our ungulates are having to struggle to find wintering grounds with human encroachment worsening. Why throw another wrench into the problem?

Darren Manlow,  South Bend WA



Very serious problem if not addressed early

Charles Oueis,  Spokane WA

Natural process.

Ryan Alexander Sparks,  Pullman WA

Our present elk feeding programs un-naturally concentrate the elk inside tall fences, making they unable to defend themselves against wolf attacks.

Jay Arment,  Spokane WA

Elk are most vulnerable in winter and will be heavily predated as they are in Idaho and Montana.

Michael Korenko,  Carson WA

You have to be kidding the wolves will treat the winter feeding grounds like a bunch of silver haired seniors (I am one) and the buffet table. Who writes this stuff for you. They will concentrate and prey on those animals at will with the neighbors watching them. Think of the opportunities for those untold numbers of wolf watchers to see them kill and eat "Fifty-eight percent of elk killed by wolves near Salmon, Idaho during winter 1999 were calves whereas, calves comprised approximately 17% of the elk population in the area at that time" all of those dead calf bones will make for wonderful viewing. I guess the elk feeding area near my home in Idaho does not really exist nor do the wolves and cougars that I have seen there. Some of your data is sloppy or maybe Idaho does't call the feeding area's on the South Fork of the Payette a station? Idaho feeds at several locations where deer and elk congragate.



Lois Neuman,  Vancouver WA

It is nature.


Winter feeding areas Like Oak Creek will be useless. ELk chased by wolves will plow through fences and into agricultural lands.

Darcy Mitchem,  Toutle Wa WA

Ask Idaho. The wolves are relentless killers.

Larry Zalaznik,  Walla Walla WA

This can be a real problem

Thomas F McLaughlin,  Spokane WA