|courtesy: Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife|
Washington now requires the implementation of two non-lethal methods to control livestock depredations before the Department of Fish & Wildlife will issue a kill order. However, there are no time limits on how long the methods have to be used. Three livestock kills or injury have to take place in thirty days, or four in ten months, but the depredations need not be confirmed before an order is issued. Conservationists call the new policy flawed since it was developed without public notice or comment. The Department does recognize in its policy statement that it has a trust responsibility to manage wolves for all residents of the Washington, not just those with an affected economic interest. The Profanity Pack was exterminated at the insistence of a local rancher, who four years earlier succeeded in having another pack, the Wedge, exterminated too. That owner refused to use non-lethal deterrents to wolf depredations. Grey wolves have been federally de-listed in the eastern third of Washington state.