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General comments (Chapter 8):

The Olympic Peninsula has so much land under federal management, that in itself makes it an island of superb habitat and diminishes the likelihood of wolf-livestock interaction.

Patricia Willits,  Port Angeles WA

No comment.

Sean V Owen,  Seattle WA

Our understanding is that there would be no impact to private land management and little impact to public land other than at an active den site or early rendezvous site. As a group writing this plan, we did not believe wolf recovery should impact land use in any substantial manner nor should there be regulations created which would cause impacts to public and private land use due to wolves in the area.

Art Swannack,  Lamont 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

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

Trying to get federal, state, private, and yes tribal entities to agree on this is a total pipe dream!

Keith Olson,  Quinault WA

Wolves should be open to hunting on all lands in the state of Washington. Statewide, open season year round with no bag limit.

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

No more wolves.

John Eaton,  Ellensburg WA

Protections for wolves should apply across land ownership divisions.

David Moen,  Oregon City OR

Too many people and not enought land in the state of Washington to support these wolf packs

bruce oergel,  ellensburg WA

NO WOLVES

Anonymous

Managment should be instated in all lands.

Charles Oueis,  Spokane WA

Not enough habitat to support the numbers of animals this plan will generate.

Anonymous

Need more incentives - similar to fuel reductions programs for landowners - to improve habitat for ungulates and other wolf supporting species.

Marcia avajas,  Bainbridge Island WA

Wolves should be hunted year round to prevent any spread of population in washington state.

Michael Korenko,  Carson 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

None

Lois Neuman,  Vancouver WA

Get rid of these Non-Native Wolves before they kill someone and our game animals, Cattle, domestic amimals, etc.

Larry Hill,  Brush Prairie WA

presence of wolves should never close land to the public

Darcy Mitchem,  Toutle Wa WA

Get out of Olympia and travel around.

Larry Zalaznik,  Walla Walla WA