ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Stevens County Commissioners have unanimously passed a resolution that hammers Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife managers for failing to protect people, wildlife and livestock from wolves that are naturally recolonizing the region.
The resolution (attached) stems from the Huckleberry Pack attacks on sheep grazing on Hancock timber company land, officially killing at least 24 sheep from mid-August to early September, when the rancher rounded up the flock that started at about 1,800 sheep and moved them to distant pasture.
The resolution says more than 200 of the sheep are still missing and attacks that might be attributed to wolves have been reported by other livestock owners in the area. The commissioners are particularly upset that a livestock grower was forced off private land by wolf attacks.
- As wildlife managers were trying to deal with the wolf attacks, killing the pack's alpha female in a helicopter gunning flight, pro-wolf groups petitioned Gov. Jay Inslee to block the use of lethal control.
Meanwhile the Stevens County Commission contends the WDFW "failed to honor its obligation and an imminent threat to life and property still exists."
The resolution says the commission "will consider all available option to protect the residents" and declared that "the wolves of the Huckleberry Pack are subject to whatever Constitutional means necessary to secure our public in their lives, liberty and property."
No specific actions were listed.