Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting, Wolf Plan Work Session Scheduled in Spokane

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A Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission work session on a proposed state Wolf Conservation and Management Plan will be held Nov. 3 in Spokane, followed by a meeting Nov. 4 on other issues.

The citizen commission, which sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will hold both meetings at the Ramada Spokane Airport hotel, 8909 W. Airport Drive, in Spokane. The commission's regular November meeting had previously been scheduled in Olympia.

At the Nov. 3 work session, which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., the commission will resume its discussion about the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan recommended for approval by WDFW. Public comments will be accepted during the afternoon portion of the meeting.

The recommended plan is designed to guide state management efforts as wolves re-establish a sustainable breeding population in the state. The plan is available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/gray_wolf/.

The commission is expected to take action on the plan in December.

At the meeting on Nov. 4, the commission is scheduled to take action to amend existing restrictions on importation of harvested wildlife from states known to harbor chronic wasting disease (CWD) in wildlife populations. The proposed change would add Maryland and Minnesota to the list of states with CWD. The restrictions are aimed at protecting Washington's native deer, elk and moose populations.

In other business, the commission is scheduled to consider approval of a proposed acquisition of 7,711 acres in Kittitas County and hear a briefing from WDFW staff on criteria for setting population objectives for deer and elk.

The Nov. 4 meeting will open to the public at 9 a.m. Initially, the commission's November regular meeting was scheduled to run Nov. 4-5, but the commission now expects to conclude its business on Friday and not meet on Saturday, Nov. 5.

An agenda for the meeting will be posted on the commission's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/.

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Retired2hunt's picture

  With four packs of

 

With four packs of wolves in the state I agree that it is definitely time to ensure their is an active plan to manage their population growth.  Reading over the link information there are two primary objectives - they are...

The plan addresses two major issues: (1) recovery objectives and strategies for downlisting and delisting wolves at the state level, and (2) management strategies to reduce and address wolf-livestock conflicts. Development of the plan is ongoing.

Both objectives are primary in focus and need to work in order to control the entire scope of the situation.

Good for Washington.  I'm certain there is going to be public outcry but as long as the wildlife officials provide solid information the overall objectives should be met.

 

numbnutz's picture

Good to see Washington coming

Good to see Washington coming up with a wolf management plan. I think Oregon already has one but the plan doesn't include a hunting solution. I'm sure the way the spread and breed it wont be to long befor we will have a seasonn here in Oregon. It will just be another thing for the hippies her to complain about. I like how they booked a bigger place that will hold the amount of people they're expecting. I think it's important that all the western states have a game plan when it comes to wolfs and other predators.

SGM's picture

Great to see another state

Great to see another state getting on line with managing wolves thru legal hunts. I know this is far from a done deal but it is a step in the right direction.