Wolf management topic of another public meeting
Monday, August 29, 2011
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meets in Ellensburg Monday to discuss a proposed plan for managing gray wolves in the state.
A 17-member citizen advisory group has been attempting to agree on recommendations for a plan, which is nearly five years in the making.
The goal is to recover wolves in their historic territory and ultimately delist them from endangered species protections while reducing and managing wolf-livestock conflicts.
Some hunting and ranching groups particularly oppose the number of wolves called for in the proposed plan. The proposal calls for 15 successful breeding pairs for three consecutive years to delist the animals.