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WDFW Officials Kill Young Wolf to Benefit Private Industry

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Fonctionnaires du Département de la pêche et de la faune de Washington (WDFW) tué a juvenile male wolf from the Smackout pack on September 8, 2022. The killing was in response to a kill order issued last week after livestock attacks.

WDFW officials admitted that they are unsure if the wolf belonged to the Smackout pack or the neighboring Dirty Shirt pack. As of December 2021, the Smackout family consisted of 6 wolves.

Smackout Pack and Dirty Sheet Pack territories in Washington. Map courtesy of WDFW.

If WDFW continues to document additional livestock attacks in the Smackout pack territory, they may issue another kill order – despite numerous studies that indicate killing wolves doesn’t work. Spectacles scientifiques que tuer un loup peut augmenter le risque que les loups s'attaquent au bétail à l'avenir. C'est contre-productif et insoutenable.

So why does WDFW continue to kill native wildlife to benefit private industry?