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General comments (Chapter 5):

Once again, What is this state thinking???

Rick ,  Centralia WA

See above.

Sean V Owen,  Seattle WA

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

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

dale denney,  colville WA

see earlier comments

Matt Dahlgreen,  Wenatchee WA

The recovery objective numbers of breeding pairs needed for down-listing and eventual delisting of wolves is too low to ensure a viable wolf population in WA. The lethal kill provisions for livestock owners and private citizens whose livestock or domestic dogs are attacked by wolves while wolves are in threatened or sensitive status are too liberal during the critical early phases of wolf recovery and could slow recovery. Translocation of wolves from areas within WA with healthy wolf populations to other areas to establish new populations is an important tool and will speed up the recovery and delisting process.

Wendy Young,  Bellevue WA

Disgusting!

Duane Bernard,  Rainier OR

I cannot stress enough the measures we must take now to keep the wolves away from our Ungulate populations in Washington. The outcome will be devestating if we don't act now.

Daniel Haydon,  Creston WA

I am adamantly opposed to the plan as written. To pass it must consider and resolve the issues identified in Appendix D. Wolves have serious impacts on livestock, wildlife, the economy and human interactions. For real life examples talk to the citizens within the wolf recovery efforts in Arizona and New Mexico and their reactions to not being able to do anything except watch as wolves rip the guts out of their livestock while still alive. Check with impacts in Idaho and what the wolves have done to wildlife populations. Coyotes are gone, elk herds desimated. Idaho sells 30,000 out of state hunting licenses each year and is a big part of the economy. In 2009, 10,000 tags went unsold and the state lost 1/3 of the normal income from sales of these licenses due to drop in game populations from wolf predations. Recover wolves, but you don't need them wall to wall across the state! Make sure the plan considers all the points in Appendix D and especially a quick reaction to wolf problems and population numbers. Finally, don't be stupid and ignore history. A tremendous effort was made to stop wolves in early America because of their predation and impacts to human populations. This was done for fun but out of necessity to stop a serious problem. Do not pretend that we can now have the wolf back without the serious problems the have caused in history!

Wayne Vinyard,  Glenwood WA

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

We have much that we owe to wolves after what we have done to them and our management practices should reflect this posture.

David Moen,  Oregon City OR

wintering grounds of elk and deer herds will be a supper table for wolf packs

bruce oergel,  ellensburg WA

NO WOLVES

Anonymous

Functions performed by the wolf in relation to wild ungulates are part of the natural processes in the ecosystem. It is their absence which is unnatural.

Ryan Alexander Sparks,  Pullman WA

Wolves are a natural part of a healthy ecosystem. They are native to Washington state and have a right to be here.

Kristi Hendrickson,  Seattle WA

Why don't you listen to the hunters and farmers

Joe Headley,  Yakima WA

Once this wolf problem takes effect the only way to fix it will be like what was done in history by poison

Anonymous

I think the ungulates need wolves

Jack Hirsch,  bellevue WA

wolves are very much like gangs they work together,and can be ruthless. In 1974 on the wood river alaska Willard Lambert and I watched as a lone wolf brought down a large pack horse by holding it's muzzle till it collapsed then held its neck.

Rick Turvey,  Yakima WA

The are continuing refrences to studies and research in YNP and other areas. These studies are not necessarly relevant to reality in Washinton State. The ecosystems in NP are not the same and public and private lands in Washington. Nor are the management objectives the same (I hope) the natural environment at YNP is not what the public and industry want for Washington. YNP does not have 10,000 of thousands of hunters whom want their share of the ungulate popluation and will fight for that share. So research collected in a NP must be used carefully.

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

help wolves!don't be selfish,,they're lives!

kun chi lam aileen,  hong kong

Keep wolves out of Washington!

Florence Wheeler,  Vancouver WA

Very informative section.

Lois Neuman,  Vancouver WA

Wolves Kill especially at Birthing Time. But they will kill any time to eat. They will move to other species as the herds decrease. They can eat 20-30 lbs of meat and prefer fresh kills. A pack of wolves will kill the most healthy animal of any size. No Fear!

Larry Hill,  Brush Prairie WA

WEAK and INCOMPLETE and SPECULATIVE. The impacts will be much greater than the plan suggests. Any hunter from Idaho could do a better job!

Darcy Mitchem,  Toutle Wa WA

Do I need say more?

Larry Zalaznik,  Walla Walla WA

Idaho is managing it wolves and we need to do the same.

Thomas F McLaughlin,  Spokane WA