I am writing to express my sadness and disappointment over the fact that the state of Washington seems to be following in Idaho’s footsteps relative to wolf (mis)management. It appears that the alpha female of the Huckleberry Pack was killed during a rather secretive assault before nonlethal measures had been fully implemented.
Removing the alpha female from the pack was possibly the worst thing that could have been done if reducing depredations on livestock were the goal. Now that pack is leaderless and will not have guidance on where, how and what to prey upon.
Too many state wildlife management agencies in too many Western states seem to be catering far too much to the self-interests of livestock operators and not enough to the rest of the world, both human and animal. I, and many others, want the wolves to come first.