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Meeting centers on impact of wolves on big game

PREDATORS— The potential impact of wolves on northeastern Washington game species such as deer and elk will be discussed in a public meeting set by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on Wednesday (March 27) in Colville.

State and local wildlife managers will present information on wolf monitoring in the area along with population trends and harvest data for white-tailed deer, elk and moose.

They’ll also discuss the status of wolves in the region and the impact wolves have had on deer and elk populations in other western states, according to a WDFW media release.

Dave Ware, WDFW game manager, said the department has not documented any measureable impacts from wolves on game species in Washington, but recognizes that reports from other states have raised public concerns.

“We want to talk to people in northeast Washington about this issue because that’s the area of the state that has the largest number of wolves,” Ware said. “We’d encourage area residents who have concerns to attend this meeting.”

State can’t compensate owner of dog attacked by Methow wolves

ENDANGERED SPECIES — State law is barring the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlfie from paying the vet bill for a dog that was attacked by a wolf last week in the Methow Valley, the agency has posted.

However, in the future, pet owners could be reimbursed if their animals are injured when they tangle with wolves under a bill that passed the state Senate earlier this week.

Andy Walgamott of Northwest Sportsman has a detailed report on the incident and the stage it sets.