Wolves and livestock

Ranching and farming are a vital part of the state’s economy, and the lands that foster this industry also provide critical habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is responsible for protecting and managing wildlife, and is committed to working with livestock producers to reduce conflicts with wildlife, including wolves.

Although wolves mostly prey on elk, deer, and moose, some will injure or kill livestock or scavenge on carcasses. WDFW provides assistance to producers to help keep livestock safe in the presence of wolves on the landscape.

Communication between livestock owners and WDFW is key to living with wolves on the landscape. A toll-free line for reporting problems is available year-round, seven days a week, 24 hours a day at 1-877-933-9847.