Washington Wolves Need Your Help
Tell the state to stop killing its state-endangered wolves.
What’s the situation with Washington’s wolves right now?
There are around 130 wolves in 24 packs managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and another 46 wolves in five packs on the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Wolves in Washington are no longer federally protected but are listed as endangered under state law. Unfortunately, Washington’s endangered species law is weak and allows too many wolves to be killed.
How did we get here?
Washington’s wolves were driven extinct in the early 1900s by a government-sponsored eradication program on behalf of the livestock industry. Wolves started returning to the state in the early 2000s from Idaho and British Columbia. State laws, though, have continued to favor the livestock industry over wildlife. Since 2012, the Department has killed 34 state-endangered wolves and wiped out five entire packs. Some 90% of these conflicts have been on public lands and almost 85% of them involved the same livestock operation.
How can people help?
Because of a petition filed by the Center and allies, state wildlife officials must now enact transparent, enforceable rules requiring livestock owners to use proactive, nonlethal methods to prevent conflicts between wolves and livestock. As that process continues, we’ll need you to speak up to ensure wolves are truly protected, so stay tuned for how you can help. Meanwhile, act today to help overturn the Trump administration’s decision to strip wolf protections from coast to coast.
Northern Rockies wolves still need your help.