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Tommy Allen Growing Wolf Packs
by Tommy Allen, click here for bio

Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: February 20, 2017

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19 wolf packs and growing in Washington state. 16 of them in four counties along the Canadian border. House bill 1872 would removes gray wolves from the endangered species act but just in those counties where number of attacks on livestock keep rising. Lets take a look at one of Washington neighboring states that have been impacted by growing wolf numbers. House Bill 1872 would remove Gray Wolves from the endangered species act, but just in those counties where residents worry the number of attacks on livestock will rise as the number of packs grows …JOEL KRETZ … “What this would do, I think, is take the first step toward, how are we going to handle wolves when they’re de-listed statewide? It makes sense to me to do it in a small area and we can find what works, find out what doesn’t. We’ll make mistakes, but it would be better, to me, to fine tune that new status on four counties rather than the whole state and hopefully we’ll get it right. And then when the state is ready to de-list, they’ll have a model.”Representative Joel Kretz says his district is willing to work with environmentalist groups.A article in the Capital Press reports that hunting is resulting in a slow but steady decline of Idaho’s wolf population. The overall wolf population has stabilized since state management [and hunting] began in 2011,” said Idaho Department of Fish and Game spokesman Mike Keckler. “That’s when that 30-40 percent population increase we were seeing annually stopped.”

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