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Comments on Big Game Hunting (Chapter 14.C):

We have a cougar problem in this state , why would we want to bring in another problem for our wildlife like the wolves

Rick ,  Centralia WA

wolf introduction into washington would hurt big game hunting it is already suffering for several reasons-look at idaho-montana-wyoming-

eldon riggle,  clarkston WA

Big game hunting will be harmed severely.

Kirk Alexander,  Seattle WA

I must confess that I do not see the sense or the glory of this activity.

Sean V Owen,  Seattle WA

Wolves should not become a game species.

Tristan Higgins,  Seattle WA

We need big game hunting as a tool for resource management and a diverse economy.

Anonymous

If numbers of big game decline as a result of wolf population, hunters will not pay fees which is where WDFW receives a large portion of their budget.

AL SHERMAN,  WENATCHEE WA

Will have a positive impact by having healthier herds of elk and deer.

Joe Sheeran,  Ellensburg WA

Wolves should not be allowed to cause big drops in poppulations.

dale denney,  colville WA

Yes I see it will effect Big game Please check with Id. & Mt. Would the do it again?

Gerald W Guhlke,  Reardan WA

Hunting should be done with a camera, far more sporting as you generally have to get closer to the animal.

Anonymous

This seems to become the hot button issue. UNlike the wolves whcih take the sick and deformed animals from the herd, we humans want to best fo the herd to stuff and look at! PErhaps the wolves could teach us something!

Diane Sonntag,  Tenino WA

washington's ecosystem will be healthier with top predators to feed on old and weak animals. wolves do not take the dominate male deer and elk that hunters seek to shoot.

william weathersby,  olympia WA

continue to sustain ungulate populations. habitat management will help wolves and deer/elk.

Stephanie George,  Newport WA

You can't have good big game hunting and wolves both, so why do you insist on bringing them in?

Duane Bernard,  Rainier OR

An important part of the states ecomony, especially the small communities

Gary Nielsen,  Colville WA

Big Game Hunting will be a thing of the past if wolves are allowed into the state of Washington.

Daniel Haydon,  Creston WA

Washington will lose hunting dollars to the wolves. Washiington state has spent millions & millions to provide sportsmen with a great hunting seasons. The kill of 2520 elk & 4180 deer per year by wolves will impact all involved in big game hunting. 15 breeding pairs is to many!!!

Anonymous

Kiss it good bye. There will be no big game population surplus to hunt. Look at Idaho and ask the Idaho hunters.

Wayne Vinyard,  Glenwood WA

Sucks....It's all about the dollar.

Anonymous

Would like to continue to have good hunting in washington. It is the worst trophy hunting state in the west currently but would like to see it improve. Wolves are not going to make this happen. I hunt allot of western states so I see the difference every year in our management practices.

Don Reeves,  wenatchee WA

Maximize the number of big game animals in the state of Washington for hunting.

Anonymous

In many parts of Montana the wolves have nearly wiped out the wildlife and hunting. What needs to be done is to get a very good system in place to establish the wolf poulation then allot the state-wide harvest up to the max level based on an accurate population number. Make the wolf tag part of all tag packages so that the harvest goal is reached each year. This will help decrease the likelyhood many more packs will be established. Other wise WDF&W is going to lose a big part of their revenue source.

Anonymous

With the kills that Idaho and Montana have experienced, hunting will be limited when the numbers fall off. No more revenue for this department. No more management of game and land. No more wolves.

John Eaton,  Ellensburg WA

I have hunted in Wash, Montana, and Idaho. Wash. is by far the worst place to hunt. Reasons include season length and timing, restrictions on species and size, hunting units, and an already to large a predator base. (coyotes and cougars)

Randy Fischer,  Ellensburg WA

it will decrease if wolvwes are allowed to go unchecked. you just have to look at Montana and Idaho.

scott fowler,  burlington WA

Big hit on the hunters of this state,who help support the fish and wildlife budget.

bruce oergel,  ellensburg WA

As stated earlier, I fear quality big game hunting will slowly dissappear as wolf populations increase. Hunter numbers are shrinking yearly already. This will only speed up the pace of dwindling hunter recruitment as years go by. I fear our hunting heritage is at risk.

Darren Manlow,  South Bend WA

Number one to protect.

Tim Morris,  South Bend WA

We should only hunt what we eat. We do not eat or should we eat wolves.

Jetta Hurst,  Auburn WA

NO WOLVES

Anonymous

YOUR BIG GAME HUNTING WILL GO DOWN THE DRAIN. IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME BUT IT WILL HAPPEN IF WOLVES ARE ALLOWED TO POPULATE THE STATE

RYAN JERLES,  RAYMOND WA

see earlier comments

Scott Nicolai,  Ellensburg WA

Having just returned from hunting in Wy. and Mt. and reading about the costs (Wy. is out of reinbursement $ already) and problems with drops in fawn and deer populatios and elk calves in documented herds going from 40/calves/100 to 4 calves/ 100 and moose calves almost non-existing, and all the declines are attributed to the wolf. Mt. is hiring wolf shooters and paying them to either wipe out specific packs and/or reduce the # subtantially. I know Wa. does not have the resources or manpower to take on much of a wolf commitment. I feel they need to proceed VERY SLOWLY and watch and LEARN from what is happening in other states. Our big game and deer populations are stretched thin now and we have nowhere the populations of animals that the other states have. Not to mention Wa. people population.

Norm Rockett,  Bremerton WA

Big game hunting is an important part of wildlife managment and long term survival and essencial part of Washinton's economy.

Charles Oueis,  Spokane WA

I drew, after 30 years of trying a moose permit in the 49 degree north unit this season. In my research into the moose population etc. in this area I talked to a number of F&W People, as well as DNR and WDFW people, and learned that as mentioned on the web site there is evidence of two packs at least one of which has current young of the year. I remain particularly concerned about the ultimate impact on hunting "surplus" big game populations with any significant wolf population. This unit is just barely able to sustain a small elk harvest; deer harvest is down in recent years; changes in hunting regs (ie no dogs) have allowed other predators to expand in range and density and compete for this resource. Since humans are last in the food chain (politically) we rely on the surplus to have harvest opportunity. It seems CERTAIN that this opportunity will decline or collapse for some species in some areas, perhaps to critical levels. I do not see the content in the plan to "protect" this hunting opportunity as though it were a resource of equal or greater value than other resource uses, consumptive or not.

Stuart Turner,  West Richland WA

Needs to be managed in a manner that is not conducted at a financial loss for the state and so that the health of the ecosystem is the primary concern.

Ryan Alexander Sparks,  Pullman WA

Hurting in production. Can't afford this now.

Jay Arment,  Spokane WA

We have some of the poorest big game hunting period

Joe Headley,  Yakima WA

This was interesting.

Marcia avajas,  Bainbridge Island WA

the wolf will have a negitive impact on big game hunting

Jim Lamb,  Spokane WA

I think for the most part we are heading in right direction. In 1974 Ak fish and game declared the barren cow moose open game and all but eliminated them in some areas only to find out it was the wolves and grizzlys killing calves, that was to blame. Two years ago the same thing almost happened again, if it was not for the old timers that saw a pattern, listen, listen, to the peoole that spend time it the woods not to people that don't leave the lights of the city.

Rick Turvey,  Yakima WA

The number of Tags sold each year is somewhat stable. I highly dought wolves will change that.

Ed Wilson,  Enumclaw WA

Revenue generate from Big game Hunting will be severely impacted if introduction of wolves is allowed.

Michael Korenko,  Carson WA

Wolves will eventually curtail most big game hunting in this state

Warren D Gimlin,  East Wenatchee WA

I cannot relate to killing.

Janet Waite,  Lynnwood WA

it seems that every herd of big game animals in washington state cannot support traditional hunting season. I'm talking the hunting seasons that were scheduled during the 1970's,1980's. Big game species in washinton cannot support hunting and wolf's at this time .all the herds in washington are in a downward trend. Darryl Pope

darryl pope,  bellingham WA

this is on the decline already, alot of washington hunters and fisherman are not happy with the way the wdfw manages the game in this state, now they want to bring in some competition.

Anonymous

I am staunchly opposed to hunting expansion.

Anonymous

Interesting numbers.

Lois Neuman,  Vancouver WA

By reestablishing the historic elk populations in the Methow Valley, additional big game hunting opportunites could be made available.

Anonymous

NO NO NO the species has not recovered enough to hunt it

Anonymous

Should be allowed on private reserves only.

Anonymous

Economic impacts are underestimated.

Darcy Mitchem,  Toutle Wa WA

Sell less tags and make a quality hunt.

Larry Zalaznik,  Walla Walla WA

This is an important part of management and out economy.

Thomas F McLaughlin,  Spokane WA