P.O. Box 536, Forks, WA 98331
November 16, 2011
Washington Department of Wildlife Commission
ATTN: Wolf Management
600 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA 98501-1091
This letter respectfully requests that you seriously consider injurious
effects of wolf depredation in other states and take action to
postpone, for at least 10 years, introduction of “Canadian
Grey” Wolves into any part of western Washington, until more
experience and knowledge is gained.
Canis lupus occidentalis is not the historic species of the Olympic
Peninsula, along with other unidentified subspecies are regarded as
invasive species. The extirpated historic subspecies of the
Olympic Peninsula and Cascade Range was Canis lupus fuscus a smaller,
(to 49 kg.) animal.
Recent articles regarding purported damage to vegetation by elk along
river banks, especially the Hoh River, have not taken into account that
seasonal high flows almost always inundate forested flood plains
several times annually. Precipitation and stream flow records
show increasingly greater amounts of rainfall and runoff from glacier
melt. This factor is responsible for increased erosion of stream
banks, floodplains and washing out of very large trees. Elk
threatened by a potential predator, including humans, will seek refuge
in water and will disturb a bank to get there rapidly. Maples and
cottonwoods offer scant resistance to high water erosion forces.
The elk can be controlled by permits drawn for sex, areas and numbers
of animals killed for human food. Areas within National Parks
have been “Usual and Accustomed” hunting grounds of Native
Americans. Ungulate and predator control could be accomplished by
use of modern archery equipment, gaining support of non-tribal
neighbors. The human value of hunting serves to create a need to
preserve resources of game for human consumption
A recent perspective of using wolves to deplete economic livelihood of
large and small ranchers, thus forcing the creation of “willing
sellers” is coming into focus.
Introduction of wolves into western Washington is regarded by
experienced people as a serious failure to exercise judicious
reality. It would be financially disastrous to place them, then
find there would be need to remove some or all of them in a certain
area. The density of brush understory and timber canopy would
preclude seeing the wolves most all of the time, limiting ability to
control, or enjoy recreationally.
Please do not “ring the bell of irreversibility,” and avoid
introduction of this predator.
This letter is not a final response to this matter and I reserve the
right to submit further comments.