Wolf Meetings Wrap Up In Wenatchee

In what has become headcount journalism (guilty as charged), wolf foes appear to have taken the evening in Wenatchee at the 12th and final meeting on WDFW’s draft wolf management plan.

“Speakers who opposed the plan outnumbered those who said they favored it two-to-one,” reports Rachel Schlief in the Wenatchee World today.

The now-familiar thoughts included worries about “the loss and displacement of deer and elk, the economic impact on livestock owners and how the state will ensure funding the plan.”

Schlief also reports on a geography professor from Ellensburg who pointed out that possible wolf range in more densely populated Washington is far lower than in Montana and Idaho, but also quoted a Conservation Northwest staffer, who’s also a hunter, who said the ecosystem balance wolves might help restore was more important than getting “an elk every year” to him.

It’s impossible to say for sure from the news coverage, but looking at headlines, it would appear that those opposed to wolf recovery in Washington outnumbered those who supported during the public comment meetings.

Here are some of the headlines coming out of those forums:

WENATCHEE:  Wolf foes outnumber friends at Fish and Wildlife hearing in Wenatchee

OMAK:  Wolf opponents circle at Okanogan hearing

SEQUIM: Wolf management plan draws big crowd; Few fear the big, bad wolf

SEATTLE: More Wolves, Not Less, Seattle Says

ABERDEEN: Hunters tell state wolves not welcome here

COLVILLE: Wolf plan is unpopular with local residents

YAKIMA: Community voices wolf concerns at WDFW forum

While the meetings have wrapped up, comment is still being taken three ways through Jan. 8:

FAX: (360) 902-2946

Mail: WDFW SEPA Desk, 600 Capitol Way N. Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

Online: http://wdfw.wa.gov/wildlife/management/gray_wolf/mgmt_plan.html

(EDITOR’S NOTE, MARCH 18, 2010: THE HEADLINE FOR THE YAKIMA MEETING WAS INCORRECT IN THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF THIS STORY — HUNTERS TELL STATE WOLVES NOT WELCOME HERE — DUE TO AN EDITING ERROR. OUR APOLOGIES.)

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4 Responses to “Wolf Meetings Wrap Up In Wenatchee”

  1. Lorraine Kile Says:

    This is another attempt by Washington Fish and Wildlife Dept in this state to destroy ranchers and agriculture. First they used the Spotted Owl to eliminate logging within the state, now they want to add wolves to eliminate the cattle industry The Environmentalists will go to whatever extreme measures necessary to eliminate PEOPLE LIVING OUTSIDE OF THE CITY LIMITS.

    About 10 years ago at a Growth Management Planning Session, one of the local Fish and Wildlife offiers, recommended that we should sell our ranch and move to an apartment in Wenatchee, so that we would not voice our opinions, re: property rights and rights of land owners. People need to realize what extreme measures are being adopted by Fish and Wildlife personnel in order to achieve their desired goals and objectives

  2. Olancho Says:

    Lorraine,

    WDFW had nothing to do with the spotted owl. That was the federal government.

  3. Lorraine Kile Says:

    Then why does the local Fish and Wildlife Dept claim that the EPA is making them introduce wolves into the state of Washington. Isn”t the EPA a federal agency. Also is the wolf is supposed to be an endangered species in the state of Washington, why were gray wolves brought into Yellowstone from Canada (and they migrated into Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Wyoming from there.) These wolves are native to the state of Washington.

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