As you read this, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) sharpshooters are taking to the sky to find and kill another endangered wolf - a member of the Wedge wolf pack - in response to depredation of cattle on grazing lands in Stevens County.
Science shows that killing a wolf can increase the risk that wolves will prey on livestock in the future. It is counterproductive and unsustainable.
Yet WDFW has resorted to killing wolves living in this same spot rugged forest land for years. In fact, they killed the original Wedge pack in 2012 for the very same reason. The original Wedge pack was accused of preying on livestock in the Colville National Forest eight years ago and, under Washington’s wolf management plan, the state opted to issue kill orders in an attempt to protect the livestock. The state killed the entire family of six state endangered wolves.
In the eight years since the original Wedge pack was destroyed, not much has changed. Livestock owners still graze their cows on rugged, forested public lands that are better suited for native ungulates, and WDFW is still killing wolves to benefit the profit margins of private businesses. In fact, 26 of the 31 state-endangered wolves that have been killed since 2012 were shot on behalf of the same livestock operator.
While it's too late to protect the other 31 endangered wolves WDFW has gunned down since 2012, other Washington wolves still need our help.
Please take action to respectfully call on WDFW Director Kelly Susewind and Washington Governor Jay Inslee to immediately end their assault on Washington's wolves.
End the Senseless Killing of Wolves
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to urge you to call off all kill orders on Washington wolves.
Since 2012, your wildlife agency has killed an estimated thirty-one endangered wolves and pups, has obliterated entire wolf families, and has caused countless packs to fragment as a result of targeting individual wolves. That's a lot of killing at the bidding of a small number of livestock operators. If your singular goal is to stop depredation on cattle, your efforts have demonstrably failed. Science shows that killing wolves to deter depredation on cows is ineffective and can even result in increased attacks. The state of Washington's actions have created a vicious cycle in which nobody wins and wolves pay the ultimate price. Keeping cattle away from core wolf habitat is the solution.
Please do the right thing - listen to science and call off all kill orders immediately.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]