The gray wolf (Canis lupus), a native species that was nearly extirpated early last century, is returning to
Washington on its own, dispersing from populations in other states and provinces. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
(WDFW) is working to manage this recovering endangered species, guided by a citizen-developed plan to address conflicts with
livestock and impacts to other wildlife species. Citizen reports of wolf activity and problems are encouraged as WDFW staff
monitor the growth of Washington's wolves.