Washington wildlife officials know how leery the state’s hunters have been about how the state’s growing population of wolves will impact game animals — most notably the deer and elk sought by wolves and hunters alike.
So the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is going to give those hunters and anyone else interested in those incoming wolves an opportunity to hear from experts with experience in that matter.
Big game managers from Washington, Idaho and Montana will discuss their experiences managing game animals in areas populated by wolves during a live webcast next Thursday (July 18).
“We’ve been consulting with a number of experts, including our counterparts from other states, since wolves began to reappear in Washington to better prepare us for meeting the many challenges that come with having wolves back in the state,” WDFW director Phil Anderson said in a WDFW news release. “This will give the public an opportunity to hear directly from those who have been involved in wolf management in other areas of the west.”
Along with Anderson and WDFW game program manager Dave Ware, the discussion panel will include Jon Rachel, Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s state wildlife manager and Jim Williams, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ northwest wildlife program manager. The latter two will discuss the impacts wolves have had on big game animals in their states, as well as strategies successful big game hunters have adopted since wolves entered their landscape.
The webcast will remain available from the department’s webpage after the event.