Washington State Wildlife Officials Reauthorize Wolf Kill Order to Protect Cows
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Kelly Susewind has reauthorized WDFW staff to lethally remove wolves from the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) pack in response to depredation of cattle on federal grazing lands in the Kettle River range of Ferry County.
On July 13, in an attempt to stop depredations on cattle grazing on federal lands, WDFW killed a radio-collared adult male of the OPT pack, but only to have additional livestock attacks. Thus, in accordance with the agency’s controversial Wolf Plan and 2017 wolf-livestock interaction protocol, WDFW Director Kelly Susewind reauthorized staff to kill additional wolves in from the OPT family.
Science shows that killing a wolf can increase the risk that wolves will prey on livestock in the future. It is counterproductive and unsustainable.
Yet WDFW has resorted to killing wolves living in this same spot – rugged federal forest land – for four consecutive years.
WDFW is killing wolves (state endangered wolves no less) on America’s public lands to benefit the profit margins of a private business.
Is it “Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife” or “Washington Department of Fish and Cows?”
Please contact WDFW Director Kelly Susewind before it’s too late and respectfully ask him to call off the kill order.