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WDFW enforcement Officer Pam Taylor steadies a male gray wolf in Pend Oreille County that has been temporarily sedated so it can be equipped with a satellite radio tracking collar.

 

 

After being fitted with a satellite radio collar, this male wolf will return to his pack.

 

 

Wolves of the "Diamond Pack" in Pend Oreille County.

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Important Considerations

1. Why is "Hunting" not listed as the eventual management tool in the Washington Wolf Plan?

 

2. What's the cost to tax payers if "Hunting" is not allowed after wolf numbers have rebounded?

 

3. What are the dangers to humans of an un-hunted, un-afraid, wolf population?

 

4. How will Washington's limited elk and deer herds survive an un-hunted wolf population?

 

5. What are the dangers to livestock and ranching of unhunted wolf populations?

 

6. Does the current Draft Wolf Plan require too many wolves throughout most of Washington?

 

7. Does the WDFW have wolf biologist's with prior hands-on wolf experience drafting the Wolf Plan?

 

8. When wolves multiply will hunters likely lose hunting opportunity?

 

9. Could a small carefully managed population of wolves coexist with WA residents without altering our current lifestyles?

 

10. Would you prefer the "Minority Position of fewer wolves" to be used in the Washington Wolf Plan?

 

11. Do you want "Hunting" to be listed in the Wolf Plan language as the eventual management tool.

 

12. Should people be allowed to protect their pets and livestock from wolves that are in the act of attacking them?

 

 

Who To Contact

Write letters to the people who can influence changes in the Washington Wolf Plan. This plan will be adopted by the Washington Wildlife Commission in early 2010 and wolves will be managed by this wolf plan for many years to come, so now is your chance to make a difference by making your voice heard and asking that Hunting be included in the wolf plan as the management tool when wolf population goals are met.

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Send Email To The Following Recipients.

Ask For Modifications To The Washington Wolf Plan.

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Fish and Wildlife Commission
600 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA 98501-1091
Phone: 360-902-2267
Fax: 360-902-2448
Email:  commission@dfw.wa.gov

Chair:
Miranda Wecker, Naselle
(Western Washington position, Pacific County)
Occupation: Director of the Marine Program, UW Olympic Natural Resources Center
Current Term: 01/01/2007 - 12/31/2012

Vice Chair:
Gary Douvia, Kettle Falls
(At-Large position, Ferry County)
Occupation: Financial consultant
Current Term: 01/15/2007 - 12/31/2012

Commission Members:

Dr. Kenneth Chew, Seattle
(Western Washington position, King County)
Occupation: Retired, Professor of fisheries
Current Term: 01/01/2005 - 12/31/2010

David Jennings, Olympia
(At-Large position, Thurston County)
Occupation: Environmental public health
Current Term: 06/18/2009 - 12/31/2014

Conrad Mahnken, Ph.D., Bainbridge Island
(At-Large position, Kitsap County)
Occupation: Retired, fisheries biologist
Current Term: 11/04/2005 - 12/31/2010

George Orr, Spokane
(Eastern Washington position, Spokane County)
Occupation: Retired firefighter, former state legislator
Current Term: 08/08/2007 - 12/31/2010

Chuck Perry, Moses Lake
(Eastern Washington position, Grant County)
Occupation: Consultant, rangeland/grazing sustainability
Current Term: 01/01/2007 - 12/31/2012

Rolland Schmitten, Leavenworth
(Eastern Washington position, Chelan County)
Occupation: Marine Resources Consultant
Current Term: 06/18/2009 - 12/31/2014

Bradley Smith, Ph.D., Bellingham
(Western Washington position, Whatcom County)
Occupation: Dean, Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University
Current Term: 06/18/2009 - 12/31/2014
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Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
600 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA 98501-1091
Phone: 360-902-2200

Fax: 360-902-2156

Director's Email:  director@dfw.wa.gov
Enforcement Email:  enforcement-web@dfw.wa.gov
Wildlife Program: 
wildthing@dfw.wa.gov
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Legislators in 7th Legislative District

Senator Bob Morton
115D Irv Newhouse Building
PO Box 40407
Olympia, WA 98504-0407
Phone: (360) 786-7612
Fax:  (360) 786-1999
Email: 
morton.bob@leg.wa.gov

Representative Shelly Short
147 N. Clark Ave., Ste. 5
P.O. Box 184
Republic, WA 99166
Phone: (509) 775-8047
Phone: (360) 786-7908
Email:
 Short.Shelly@leg.wa.gov

Representative Joel  Kretz
20 North Main Street
P.O. Box I
Omak, WA 98841
Phone: (509) 826-7203
Phone: (360) 786-7988
Email: 
kretz.joel@leg.wa.gov
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Legislators in 12th  Legislative  District

Senator  Linda  Parlette
625 Okanogan Ave, Suite 301,
Wenatchee, WA  98801
Phone: (360) 786-7622
Phone: (509) 663-9703
Email: 
parlette.linda@leg.wa.gov


Representative Cary Condotta (R-Wenatchee)
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
Phone: (360)-786-7954
Email: 
condotta.cary@leg.wa.gov

Representative Mike Armstrong
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
Phone: (360) 786-7832
Email: 
armstrong.mike@leg.wa.gov

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County Commissioners In Affected Counties

Chelan County Board of Commissioners
400 Douglas St, Suite 201
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Phone: (509) 667-6215
Fax:  (509) 667-6599
Email: 
sally.taylor@co.chelan.wa.us

Ron Walter
Commissioner, District #1

Keith Goehner
Commissioner, District #2

Doug England
Commissioner, District #3

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Ferry County Board of Commissioners
290 E. Tessie AVE
Republic, WA  99166
Phone (509) 775-5229
Fax (509) 775-5230
Email: 
commissioners@co.ferry.wa.us


Brad Miller, Chairman
Ferry County District #1

Joe Bond
Ferry County District #2

Robert “Bob” Heath
Ferry County District #3

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Okanogan County Board Of Commissioners
123 Fifth Avenue North, Room 150
Okanogan, Washington 98840
Phone: (509) 422-7100
Fax:  (509) 422-7106


Andrew Lampe
Commissioner, District #1

Email: 
alampe@co.okanogan.wa.us

Ron “Bud” Hover
Commissioner, District #2

Email: 
bhover@co.okanogan.wa.us

Mary Lou Peterson
Commissioner, District #3

Email: 
mlpeterson@co.okanogan.wa.us
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Pend Oreille County Board Of Commissioners
625 W 4th Street
County Courthouse
Newport, WA 99156-9098
Phone: (509)447-4119
Fax: (509)447-0595
Email: 
commissioners@pendoreille.org

Diane Wear
Commissioner, District #1
Email: 
dwear@pendoreille.org

Laura Merrill
Commissioner, District #2
Email: 
commissioners@pendoreille.org

John Hankey
Commissioner, District #3
Email: 
jphent@povn.com

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Stevens County County Board Of Commissioners
Stevens County Courthouse
215 South Oak Street,  Room 214
Colville, WA  99114
Phone:  (509) 684-3751
Fax:  (509) 684-8310
Email: 
Commissioners@co.stevens.wa.us

Larry Guenther
Commissioner, District #1

Merrill Ott
Commissioner, District #2

Malcolm Friedman
Commissioner, District #3

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Copy Your Messages To These Sports Groups. This helps create accountability. Also consider joining these groups to support Washington's Hunting Heritage.

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Washingtonians for Wildlife Conservation
PO Box 1043
Buckley, WA 98321
509-775-2936

Website:  
http://www.w4wc.org/

President, Jim Mullen
Email:  
President@w4wc.org


Board Of Directors
Email: 
bod@w4wc.org

Membership Info
Email: 
information@w4wc.org
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SCI - Woldwide
http://www.scifirstforhunters.org/
 
Northwest Chapter SCI
Tom Johnson
28004 150th Pl SE
Kent, WA 98042  
Email: 
tom.quailcreek@gmail.com
Website: 
www.scinw.com/

Seattle Puget Sound Chapter SCI
Kevin Woods
6532 State Route 9
Sedro Woolley, WA 98284  
Email: 
bigwoody_8@hotmail.com
Website: NONE

Southwest Washington Chapter SCI
Duane Bernard
70744 Apiary Market Rd
Rainier, OR 97048  
Email: 
jdmbernard@msn.com
Website: NONE

Central Washington Chapter SCI
Gary Christensen
507 Butternut Rd
Grandview, WA 98930  
Email: 
garyc@repowell.net
Website: 
www.scicwc.com

Columbia Basin Chapter SCI
Larry Goodwin
92506 N Harrington Rd
West Richland, WA 99353  
Email: 
nwtruss@bentonrea.com
Website: NONE

Inland Empire Chapter SCI
Kenneth D. Carpenter
PO Box 471
Davenport, WA 99122  
Email: 
kcarpenter@bcmlaw.com
Website: 
www.inlandempiresci.org

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Inland Northwest Wildlife Council
Ken Hoff: President
6116 N Market St
Spokane, WA 99208-2445  
Email: 
inwc@aol.com
Website: 
www.inlandempiresci.org

Phone: (509) 487-8552
Fax: (509) 487 8564

 

 

Important Points

 

•  Studies indicate Idaho wolf

   populations grow at a rate of

   20%+ yearly.

 

•  Hunting is not specifically

   identified as an eventual

   management tool?

 

•  How much will wolf

   management cost taxpayers if

   hunting is not allowed? Hunters

   will gladly pay to control wolf

   numbers.

 

•  What are the dangers of a

   fearless un-hunted population of

   wolves?

 

•  Does Washington have an

   experienced wolf biologist?

 

•  "Defenders of Wildlife" and

   "Wolf Haven" are anti-hunting

   groups why are their website

   links on the Washington Fish &

   Wildlife website.

 

• The Wolf Working Group was

   stacked with pro-wolf members

   which has arguably effected the

   outcome of the Washington

   Wolf Plan? Please take this into

   consideration and ask for a

   more balanced proposal.

•  There is a "Minority

   Recommendation" (for fewer

   wolves) listed on page

   246 and 247 of the Washington

   Wolf Plan? Ask for the "Minority

   Position" (of fewer wolves) to be

   adopted in the Wolf Plan.

 

•  The US Fish & Wildlife Service's

   original wolf recovery plan

   included eventual hunting of

   wolves. Why doesn't the

   Washington Wolf Plan include

   hunting in the language as a

   management tool.

 

• The current Washington Draft

   Wolf Plan will allow wolves to

   repopulate throughout

   Washington. Should wolves be

   restricted to wild remote areas

   and discouraged from

   repopulating near farming,

   ranching, and rural areas that

   have high human and livestock

   populations?

 

Confirmed Wolf Predation, Live Cow

 

Environmentalism verses Conservation

A LOOK AT TWO ROADS

In years past, Conservation, the wise use of natural renewable resources, was supported and understood by a majority of people. It was taken for granted that man, due to his ability to reason, had the power and right to improve, change and utilize the environment.

Irrigation ditches were built, diverting the natural flow of water to man-made ditches, thus making mountain streams live streams year around due to return flow. This enhanced the land for man and animal. Stock reservoirs and dams were built in the semiarid parts of the West allowing the land to support stock and wildlife which, in years past, supported few animals due to limited water.

Man continued to progress, and with that progression he learned new ways to better conserve and use nature. Land in eastern states was often left in a state of little use after coal mining. Learning from those mistakes, man came west to mine coal and now often reclaims the land better than it was in its natural state.

Logging, though never very pretty to look at, was found to be the best thing for nature's forests. Instead of dying off of disease, insect infestation, fire and other common tree killers, wood could be harvested and utilized, thus making forests healthier and man had a natural resource to use.

Then along came modern Environmentalism, a view that nature and natural forces should be the dominating force of change, a concept that Nature is "god" and man no more or less than any other living creature in the natural flow of events. This new philosophy was based upon several tenets:

1. Nature was perfect until Man disfigured it.

2. Man invariably disrupts and wreaks havoc in the environment.

3. The Natural Balance of Nature is the only way to go.

4. Man must reject all of modern technology and call for a return to a simple, pastoral life free of fumes, artificial chemicals, and any noise but the chirping of birds and the croaking of frogs (Science News).

5. Animals have a right to live as much as man and therefore man has no right to eradicate or control any living creature.

This philosophy looks good. After all, who wouldn't like to slow down and get out of the rat race of life? And we have all seen those places on this earth which have been set aside so that the natural beauty and grandeur of nature fills our being with wonder and awe. Just think of what the land must have looked like before man came? And who enjoys killing something for the sake of killing? Besides, go to any major city and you will see places where it seems man has made a mess of everything he has touched.

Ah yes, but the longer one contemplates such a belief system, the more questions come to mind which are quite disturbing.

In spite of his obvious mistakes in the past, man has really improved the land. Agriculture now feeds millions of people utilizing land that was able to support only a few people in its natural state. Without modern technology, man would have to build a fire to stay warm, walk to get anywhere and continually look for food for sustenance.

And the Balance of Nature may be natural, but there is nothing more cruel. Animal life prospers for a time, then dies off due to limited food supply, harsh weather, disease or predation and the cycle starts over again only to repeat itself. Animals used to die off by the hundreds in winter blizzards, due to lack of food and shelter. Do we stop feeding the massive herds of elk in the west to let nature take its natural course? Should there be a law requiring farmers and stockmen to tear down their barns and sheds so animals can face the elements naturally?

But what right does man have to take animal life for his consumption or because it is detrimental to his way of life?

One only has to look at the consequences if man should stop his consumption and control on the land. How quick would the rats increase in the cities and carry disease as in the days of the Plague? Or, what would be the consequences if there were no termite control? Should wolves in Alaska and Canada be allowed to regulate game naturally so that the native Indian and Eskimo can starve due to shortages of meat as in yesteryear? Their history speaks of hunger often. And the coyote of the plains, let it increase until disease such as rabies reduces its numbers as in years past. Watch nature at its finest as this animal writhes in pain and agony, slowly going mad. Not to mention the animals and humans it can bite, spreading this fatal disease.

Letting animals such as elk, deer, and moose increase unchecked will also have negative impacts. Moose are habitat destroyers if not kept in check. They ruin their forage and soon start to die of malnutrition or susceptibility to harsh weather and their numbers crash. Elk and deer can destroy crops that would feed the hungry mouths found in many parts of the world.

A serious look at these two philosophies is needed today. Common sense would dictate that we need to get back to Conservation. Man can and should control the extremes of nature through hunting, keeping numbers down and utilizing the meat to feed people. He should control those pests that wreak havoc with his crops and livestock so that he may not only feed himself but others. We need to ask hard questions like how much benefit is a coyote in a city suburb or on a rancher's range? Does the coyote become more valuable after it eats 10 sheep? Just because it is a part of nature, do we let it come in the back yard and attack our child as they have done in California, Yellowstone National Park and in the National Parks of Canada?

Conservation should be everyone's concern. It does not mean elimination of any species, but rather the control and management of all animals for the benefit of man and animal.

Since Conservation, not environmentalism, was important to those before us, we were given a heritage richer than any other nation. We have more to eat, more to see and more to enjoy than most of the world. It didn't just happen, nor will it continue unless we have a common sense philosophy.

Copyright 1995, 2000, T. R. Mader, Research Division
Permission granted to disseminate and/or reprint if credit is given to the source.

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