Washington Officials to Kill Three Protected Wolf Families to Protect Cows
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officials have ordered the killing of the last two remaining members of the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) family, the last three wolves of the Togo pack, and one or two wolves from the Smackout wolf family.
Why? To protect cows grazing on private and public lands.
Because the department is set to have three concurrent kill operations underway, Director Susewind has decided to issue the Togo Pack kill permit to the livestock owner “allowing him, his immediate family, or his employees to kill wolves if they are within his private fenced pasture where the livestock are located.”
Beyond being cruel and in violation of the desires of a majority of Americans, these kill orders are not working.
WDFW has been killing wolves to deter conflict since 2012 when the agency wiped out the entire Wedge pack, yet depredations on livestock continue.
WDFW knows that peer-reviewed research demonstrates that killing predators is not only an ineffective solution to deter depredation on cows, but it can even result in increased attacks on livestock by survivors.
Killing state-endangered wolves on to benefit the profit margins of a private business is wrong on every level.
Please contact WDFW Director Kelly Susewind before it’s too late and respectfully ask him to call off the kill order.