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With One Kill Order Already in Effect, WDFW Officials Authorize Another to Gun Down Wolves from Second Pack

August 13, 2020 – Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officials have ordered the killing of wolves from the Leadpoint wolf pack.

In accordance with the agency’s controversial Wolf Plan and 2017 wolf-livestock interaction protocol, WDFW Director Kelly Susewind today authorized “lethal action” to remove one to two wolves from the Leadpoint pack territory in response to repeated depredations of cattle on private grazing lands in Stevens County.

Since 2012, WDFW has killed an estimated thirty-two endangered wolves and pups, has obliterated entire wolf families, and has caused countless packs to fragment as a result of targeting individual wolves.

Moreover, peer-reviewed research demonstrates that employing lethal action to deter depredation on cows can even result in increased attacks.

WDFW currently has an active kill order authorizing the lethal removal of one to two wolves in the Wedge wolf pack as well.

Please consider contacting WDFW Director Kelly Susewind and Washington Governor Jay Inslee to respectfully ask them to call off these kill orders.