We would all love to see someone come forward after seeing the reward at 20,000 now for information regarding the two wolves recently poached in Washington state. But will someone actually come forward? Has this worked in the past? Wildlife Enforcement Captain Dan Rahn with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said convictions in cases like this rarely happen. These wolves were being monitored by WDFW and we were told one was collared but it stopped working. Really? When did it stop working? I don’t see anything in the reports. If fact, there is not much being reported nor do we see recent updates about our wolves. Take a look at the WDFW website and you will find very little that is up to date. For example, look at the survey for wolves in Washington. It’s from 2015 so I guess we only have 8 members in the Smackout pack. http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/gray_wolf/packs/annual_survey
The first poached wolf was found dead on November 12 near Colville in Stevens County, Washington. The second was found after the signal from her radio-collar stopped working. Biologists found her dead in Ferry County, south of Republic December 5. Both so happened to be female and one was from the Smackout pack. The other was from the Dirtyshirt pack. According to the latest survey provided to the public, there are only 8 members in the Dirtyshirt pack. Isn’t interesting that one was poached in Colville? The other in Ferry County? Maybe it was bloodthirsty trophy hunters. Then why were the bodies of these beautiful wolves just left there? We don’t know who did it and all are welcome to come to their own conclusions. It is not out of the question to remember who hates wolves so much that they have demanded entire packs be killed. We have already seen entire packs wiped out! Who lets their cows wander all over our public lands on rugged terrain? Where is the list of deterrents being used by livestock producers in these areas? We know that one or two range riders is just not cutting it. We applaud and respect the few ranchers that are responsible, ethical and smart about the way they run their businesses. Do the rest of them really want the rest of the world to despise all of them? To see the beef industry in particular, detestable and repugnant? If they don’t want the public thinking the absolute worst in them then it’s time to change a few things. We don’t ask for much and it’s time that WDFW stop allowing them to run the show. It has been extremely unfair and the Wolf Advisory Group has done nothing except make sure that we end up with more dead wolves. It is time for a serious change! Why are we paying people we have entrusted our wildlife with and where is the transparency? Wildlife managers need to manage our wildlife in the best interest of the public and most importantly, our wildlife.
Photo of wolf from the Smakout pack taken by
Protect the Wolves Volunteer