Gray wolf conservation and management

The gray wolf (Canis lupus), a native Washington species, was nearly eradicated from the state in the early 1900s. It is now returning to Washington on its own, dispersing from populations in nearby states and provinces--wolves were never reintroduced to Washington. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is managing 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 members monitor the growth of Washington’s wolves.

The department produces an annual report documenting the status, distribution, and management of wolves in the state of Washington over the previous year. You may also watch a video presentation on the annual report

On Sept. 30, 2019, Washington Governor Jay Inslee sent a letter to WDFW asking for changes to the  state's gray wolf recovery program, specific to the area of northeast Washington. WDFW Director Kelly Susewind issued a response on Dec. 1, 2019.

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