Three Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife open meetings focusing on the recovery and management of gray wolves in Washington and other western states are scheduled for next week, but none of them will be held in Central Washington.

The meetings, which will feature a panel of experts discussing efforts to recover and manage Washington’s gray wolf population, are set for next Wednesday at Spokane Valley’s Center Place Regional Event Center, Thursday (Jan. 17) in Olympia and Friday (Jan. 18) in Seattle.

Panelists will include Mike Jimenez, who coordinates wolf recovery efforts for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service throughout the Rocky Mountain region; Carter Niemeyer, a retired wolf specialist with the service; and Donny Martorello, carnivore manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The moderator will be Lorna Smith, executive director of Western Wildlife Outreach.

Go here for more on the meetings, including a full schedule and locations.