Washington State Officials to Kill Wolf Families to Protect Cows
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officials have ordered the killing of the members of the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) family.
Why? To protect cows grazing on public lands.
Last September, WDFW killed two members of the OPT family in an attempt to stop livestock attacks. When the depredations continued, officials attempted to kill the remaining two wolves but were unsuccessful. Director Kelly Susewind then paused action seeking to lethally remove the two remaining wolves from the OPT pack.
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,” said Maggie Howell, executive director of the Wolf Conservation Center. “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.”
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.