New Kill Orders Target Northwest Wolves

Washington's Togo pack and two Oregon packs are now in the crosshairs.
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Hi Everyaction,

Kill orders have been issued for up to two of the nine wolves in Washington's Togo pack.

It's the fifth time since 2018 that this wolf family has been targeted.

While wolves there are state-protected, Washington's endangered species laws are weak, and the state continues to kill wolves for the livestock industry.

It has to stop. Please help with a gift to the Wolf Defense Fund.

Last year Gov. Jay Inslee directed the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to draft new rules governing the killing of wolves involved in conflicts with livestock.

But the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, which the Commission oversees, has taken aim at the Togo pack again. Since 2012 its wildlife officials have killed 34 state-endangered wolves.

And in Oregon two other kill orders are out, on the OR-30 wolves and Lookout Mountain pack, which had two 14-week-old pups killed by the state three weeks ago.

We're urging the governors of both states to step in and stop the kill orders.

If state agencies keep doing the bidding of livestock operators, industry will keep relying on helicopter sharpshooters to kill wolves instead of using nonlethal measures that are far more effective for avoiding conflicts.

The war on wolves is being waged across many fronts. Idaho and Montana are extending their trapping seasons, granting almost unlimited wolf-hunting and letting wolves be killed with cruel snares or run over by snowmobiles. Wisconsin wants to hold its second hunt this year in the fall, putting as many as 300 wolves at risk.

We're fighting to restore protection to wolves across the lower 48, including an emergency petition for wolves in the northern Rockies.

We won't let up against those who see wolves as pests, trophies or target practice.

Wolves and their families can flourish here — but only if states get out of the business of killing them.

Please support our fight for wolves with a gift to the Wolf Defense Fund.

For the wild,

Kierán Suckling

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

 

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