It'll be interesting to see what they come up with. Lets just hope they let the wolves come in on their own and dont conduct any augmentation. I think its pretty neat to have a species that was once extirpated finally come back, but lets hope our state is smart and manages the numbers efficiently and effectively as to not allow the wolves to harm ranchers livestock drastically and monitor their effects on predation on the deer and elk herds across the state.
This whole deal is a bunch of BS....we exterminated the damn things for a reason.....now lets reintroduce them....yea thats a great idea.... ,) ......SHOOT SHOVEL AND SHUT UP......too many areas in washington where people dont care about the game...and wouldnt hesitate to smoke a wolf....
Personally, I am totally against allowing the Wolf to re-populate any areas. Just because something is "natural" or "used to be" does not make it good. Uranium is a naturally occuring material.
Let's face it, humans are the top predator. Wolves compete with me. Every wolf is going to be snacking on animals I wish to hunt. Farmers will lose stock. Our taxes will be spent, studying, tracking, observing, wolves, paying back farmers for losses. Hunters will be pushed from hunting game in areas where wolves are having difficulty getting established. One estimate for Minnesota claims that wolves there eat an average of 36,750 to 49,000 deer annually. http://www.wolf.org/wolves/learn/basic/faq.asp#17
Wolves are a spectacular amazing animal, without a doubt. But, wolves and man cannot live together when man still raises food, and still hunts. Simply does not work. Cancel the farming and cancel the hunting, and it would be all nice and fuzzy, bring them in.
Well i just hope you boys and girls in Washington will have realistic coverage for farm losses due to wolves. Having lived for close to 50 years in wolf country and seen a lot of livestock casualties........I can tell you that the authorities rarely pay up for losses.
Usually by the time the farmer finds the dead animal there is little left to autopsy and they claim it died of natural causes and the wolves were probably just scavenging. Honest....I am not making this up, I have seen it time and time again.
I have had a few horses wacked by wolves over the years when I am out in the great green forest outfitting. Never got a dime for them, as no one would come in to look.
I have been through most of Washington state over the years and while you do have some areas that could easily support some wolves, most of the state is too populated to have them and not have lots of problems.
It's not working for damages farmers receive from Elk, I cannot imagine it would work for Wolves. Currently, when farmers complain of damage to crops by marauding (hungry) elk herds, they file a claim, wildlife investigates and provides an avenue for reimbursement. If a farmer is allowed reimbursement, they must allow hunters access in order to justify tax dollars put in their pocket for damages caused. Here are the problems, from the hunting perspective.
Wildlife will not volunteer the list of farmers who have made claims. My retired father had to threaten lawsuit against our wildlife folks to release the contact information for reaching farmers who made claims and received benefits. Only a partial list was released with outdated and innacurate contact information. Besides, hunters who wish to hunt these lands where damage has occurred and farmers were paid can only hunt during the season you choose to hunt. 9 days long for modern rifle, and the elk are back in the woods during this time in November. Many of the reimbursement areas are "close in" and near human populations where hunting is difficult and/or banned. The elk feed sporadically all year in this guys pasture,finding them there during the elk hunt season is on a wish and a prayer. How is this going to work for nocturnally feeding wolves?. Can't stay up late to watch over your farm....many of us have jobs...
Another huge concern of mine is area closures to allow for burgeoning poplulations of wolves. National park service has a habit of closing areas to humans to allow for the growing wolf population to be less "stressed". So if a wolf denning site is located in your favorite turkey hunt area, or similar, are you OK, with avoiding the area to give the wolves a better chance to multiply and devour all of your favorite prey species? Here is a quote from the Park Service; Area closures specifically prohibit all human entry by any means. Wildlife closure signs are posted, and violations of this closure may result in a citation and prosecution.
Read for yourself; http://www.nps.gov/archive/grte/news/2005/05-26.pdf
All wolves must die!!! If I see one I will kill it. Period Washingtons fish and gaem dept is by far one of the worst managed in the states. we are havin enough problems with hairloss,winter kill, access, etc. I'll train my kids to kill wolves. My friends are already trained!!!
As I sit and glass, which is common for hunters out west, I have sort of quickly discovered something I never learned when I was younger.
In my youth I had enthusiasm and spirit. In my middle to advancing years I have creaky knees, arthritis, and I tire more easily than I used to. Where I used to sit on the cold hard ground I now look for that soft spot to sooth my tired muscles. That leads me to my tip.
Carry your soft spot with you!
In my pack I carry an air filled, ultralight, camping pad....