WDFW Studying Wolf Impact on Wildlife

How do wolves impact the eco-system around them in Washington? That’s the focus of a new research study by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the University of Washington.

WDFW Chief Wildlife Scientist John Pierce says they want as complete a look as possible.

“Part of the design of this study is taking advantage of having a range of densities and wolf occupancies in the landscape. We can compare highly dense areas versus lowly dense areas.”

Right now, most wolf packs are located in the Northeastern part of the state, but there are some that have begun to appear in Okanogan County as well as the eastern slopes of the Cascades.

Pierce says the five-year study will help guide their wolf recovery efforts going forward.

“There’s questions and concerns about whether or not their presence on the landscapes, how the prey population is handling that and/or how other carnivores, other predators are handling that.”

Pierce says there will updates for the public throughout the process.

1 Comment on "WDFW Studying Wolf Impact on Wildlife"

  1. Trudy June Childs | February 17, 2017 at 8:51 PM | Reply

    Ranchers need to watch over their own cattle better! Don’t let their cattle graze on our Public Lands! Put in place more safety measures! Better fencing options,more people watching over them,Big watch Dogs etc.etc!But don’t just let them go wandering off on our Public Lands! Keep them safe on your lands until you profit from them!Wolves and other animals are important too!They shouldn’t have to be put to death when they are on Our Public Lands and the ranchers.know they are there,but still let their cattle graze on that land that isn’t theirs,and of course they will be killed if the wolves are there,which is very sad,but Predictable (sad as it is probably a kinder death than what it. Would have been in the slaughter house)!

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