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Comments on INFORMATION AND EDUCATION (Chapter 9):

Education and public outreach is very important to the long term recovery of wolves.

Kristin Mitchell,  Seattle WA

Strongly encourage positive messages about wolves be broadcast.

Ann Soule,  

The power of information and education should not be overlooked or under-estimated. Regardless of which alternative is chosen, funding should be put into forming a formal, dedicated wolf specialist department with: educational courses, published literature, community outreach programs, livestock owner partnership programs, and training. Encourage volunteerism in this established educational system as well to enhance it.


The dissemination of the action of infusion of Wolves into new territories of the State of Washington, was far more published in the more remote areas and small communities of only where the infusion of Wolves were being released. The information was slight and missing in the bigger inhabited areas of the Western Major Counties of this state, ala' Pierce, King, Snohomish and surrounding. Very poor and very late information available to the public. Why wasn't this all brought up "BEFORE" the F&W began the project?


Constant updated information should be made public to WA state residents on the status of wolf management as well as information to educate people on wolves in general.

Kaitlin Krhounek,  Seattle WA

Generally agree.

Sean V Owen,  Seattle WA

wolf education should be taught.

Tristan Higgins,  Seattle WA

Watch your budget on information and education, money should be prioritized toward management and control.


Educate the people who spend their time in the outdoors - hunters and outdoorsmen. Utilize them as the valuable resource they can be.


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

To educate the public, you need to be UNBIASED and tell the truth. For example, wolves don't just eat the sick and weak, and yes wolves do kill for fun, I've seen it first hand.

Ty Brown,  Naches WA

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

dale denney,  colville WA

keystone preditors should be taught in all schools at all grade levels.


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

I am a teacher, and I can only guess the propaganda you will be putting forth to our students in Washington State!

Keith Olson,  Quinault WA

this a good way to get response, congratulations. your comment period was good too.

Duane Bernard,  Rainier OR

This needs to be an ongoing process along with the consistant management of the present wolf population.

Bob Hester,  Yakima WA

Information and education efforts should be well funded.

Jennifer Molesworth,  Twisp WA

Information on the dangers of wolves and public education on how to protect yourself from wolves is vital.

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

Lets the games agents come to the ranches that are experiencing the wolf and be educated to the problems that they have reintroduced. They are the ones that need the education not the land owners or the wolf.

John Eaton,  Ellensburg WA

We can't have enough community based education and awareness for wolf recovery and ecosystem health out there. I recomend it get funded.

David Moen,  Oregon City OR

We need it.

Jetta Hurst,  Auburn WA



Public Education and buy-in will be critical to successful wolf management, and needs to be planned for.

Karen Goodrowe Beck,  Gig Harbor WA

vitally important - too much disinformation about wolves.

Scott Nicolai,  Ellensburg WA

Should be radially available to everyone just like the hunting and fishing regulations.

Charles Oueis,  Spokane WA

Information and education efforts play a critical role in ensuring the success of any implemented management plan.

Ryan Alexander Sparks,  Pullman WA

This is going to be the key component to a successful plan

Bill Liggett,  Eatonville WA

Do not release any more wolves into this state.

Kevin Wolf,  Lacey WA

Pro-wolf information and education will be key to helping the public understand the value and importance of wolves.

Kristi Hendrickson,  Seattle WA

Education is very BIASED in favor of the wolf. HE is a dirty and cruel killer, often eating LIVE animals unable to defend because of being disemboweled by dull teeth. A wolf is an inefficient killer.

Jay Arment,  Spokane WA

Your information is filled with lies and disception

Joe Headley,  Yakima WA

The environmental movement did a lot to incorporate the principals in schools - to the point you now have kids telling theiri parents they need to recycle. Need to instill a feeling of respect for entact ecosystems, including wolves, and maybe start eroding the fear and loathing some groups have regarding wolves.

Marcia avajas,  Bainbridge Island WA

I attended the town hall meeting at Seattle REI and it was very well done. My sense was that a majority of Wa voters would favor increasing the state wolf population

Jack Hirsch,  bellevue WA

I would hate to see people miss informed get the wrong opinion about wolves based on hear say, or anti groups at either extreem

Rick Turvey,  Yakima WA

Again having these meeting during hunting season.(oct.20 thru nov 10).seem to be biased to me. Darryl Pope

darryl pope,  bellingham WA

Specific, targeted education to those who live in conflicted areas is absolutely critical. General education to the public at large is essential, to understand the appropriate role of the gray wolf in the overall ecology of the state and the economic issues faced by ranchers/farmers.

Suzanne H McCallum,  Seattle WA

By reaching out to the general public groups such as Defenders of Wildlife staff conducts educational events throughout the U.S., at diverse forums including livestock producer annual meetings, rallies, conferences, schools, and other public forums. I stand by these methods of informing the public about the return of Wolves to Washington State and other lands where these wonderful being can roam. Moreover groups such as Defenders of Wildlife works with reporters and editorial boards to encourage balanced, accurate coverage of wolf issues both regionally and nationally. Return Wolves to Washinton State and encourage - enlighten citizens of the beauty of these great predators. Restore our ecosystem to a better balance with Wolves in our remaining "wild" lands of Washington State.

elizabeth archambault,  Seattle WA

INFORMATION AND EDUCATION are not enough!!!!!!!!We should mobilize every one to help wolves!help wolves!don't be selfish,,they're lives! MAKE LITTLE EFFOERT WILL CREATE BIG DIFFERENCE! JUST STAND OUT AND COMMENT! THE WOLVES NEED OUR HELPS! Although I am a Chinese.I am Hong Kong people,I still care abou animals and wolves! How about people living in America,in Washington ?

kun chi lam aileen,  hong kong

Information and Education are critical to making this work for all concerned, especially the Wolves.

Lois Neuman,  Vancouver WA

As a member online of the League of Women Voters and also having a sister who is a chairperson of the League of Women Voters in Virginia who works parttime for a Senator who support the conservation of God's breathing creations, not for man's purpose, but for His.

MB ,   FL

The information and education that been provided the general public is a joke. These ARE NOT fluffy, cute puppies as seen on TV. These are KILLERS and Washington State has an obligation to provide the truth to the public at large.

Teresa Selby,  Bonney Lake WA

Thank you!


Show both sides of the story, not just cuddly cute wolves that only kill deer that are dying anyway. Show headless dogs, disembowled cattle, Hamstrung and wasted deer or elk. Tell that wolves do kill for sport.

Darcy Mitchem,  Toutle Wa WA

How to aquire and safely use 1080.

Larry Zalaznik,  Walla Walla WA

Good here

Thomas F McLaughlin,  Spokane WA