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Bob Larson Wolf Culling Notice Pt 2
by Bob Larson, click here for bio

Program: Washington State Farm Bureau Report
Date: May 25, 2018

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I’m Bob Larson. Livestock producers in Washington are reeling from a promise by state Fish and Wildlife to give one business day notice for any decision to lethally remove problem wolves to give environmental groups time to try and get a restraining order.

Washington Farm Bureau’s Tom Davis, who sits on the department’s Wolf Advisory Group, says a detailed protocol was already in place …

DAVIS … “The Center for Biological Diversity, this out of state extreme environmental group, doesn’t want any wolves to be killed. And so, they’re going to do everything they possibly can to stop the department form implementing this lethal protocol which means, for our ranchers this year, there’s likely going to be no remedy for them when they get in a situation where they have problem wolves attacking a high number of cows, cattle. It will be devastating.”

Davis says it’s another case of outsiders like CBD meddling in our affairs …

DAVIS … “And I think that’s important to recognize that the conservation groups that we work with on the Wolf Advisory Group have been very supportive of ranchers at the same time working to promote the recovery of the wolves.

So, it’s not environmentalists that are here in Washington.

These are groups from outside the state that are coming in and trying to jamb a wrench into the gears of the good work that’s being done by the Wolf Advisory Group and that’s most unfortunate.”

Davis says it’s not just the frustration, but the financial loss that some livestock producers are going to face. He says the state needs to do something because ranchers won’t be able to endure the losses year after year.

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