Managing a growing wolf population presents several unique challenges that must be addressed in order to advance coexistence and public acceptance of wolf recovery in Washington. Following the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, the Livestock Review Board was created to allow a diverse citizen-based group to advise the department decision-making processes and considerations for the settlement of livestock claims associated with indirect losses caused by wolf harassment, including higher than normal losses, reduced weight gain, or reduced pregnancy rates (WAC 232-36-210).
The board is tasked with developing solutions for several issues, including:
- Build trust in the claimant for the Department's Livestock Review Board process
- Make unified claim recommendations issued by Board members with diverse perspectives
- Convey fairness of the Board to the claimant
- Provide education and outreach so landowners/producers understand the claims process and requirements
The Livestock Review Board is made up of five members from diverse backgrounds who will advise WDFW on these and other related issues.
Contacts and member info
The mission of the Livestock Review Board is to advise WDFW in the evaluation of claims regarding impacts to livestock producers in Washington.
The main objective of the Livestock Review Board is to develop a process for these claims that conveys fairness and encourages trust between all involved parties.