Urgent: New Kill Order Issued for Washington Wolves

Up to two wolves in Washington’s Togo pack could soon be slaughtered.
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Hi Everyaction,

The Togo pack in Washington is now on the verge of annihilation.

A new kill order has put more members of this wolf family in the crosshairs.

The order could leave the pack with just one or two wolves after the others are gunned down or trapped.

We’re fighting to stop this kind of killing. Please support our efforts with a gift to the Wolf Defense Fund.

The state has gone after the Togo pack before. Two years ago it killed the father of the pack, leaving his mate behind to fend for their pups. While some survived, their future now is uncertain.

This kill order is as outrageous as they come — proof of the state's trigger-happy attitude and eagerness to serve the narrow interests of the livestock industry.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife issued the order in response to an injured calf. But the agency is violating its own rules, ordering wolves to be killed even though its own criteria for a kill order have not been met.

The agency can't even say with certainty that it was a Togo pack wolf that was involved in the incident.

Last month we petitioned the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt enforceable rules requiring nonlethal measures before resorting to killing wolves. We want to put an end to the days when states like Washington mow down wolves on behalf of the private, for-profit livestock industry.

Since 2012 the state has killed 31 wolves, wiping out the Wedge pack, Profanity Peak pack, Sherman pack and Old Profanity Territory pack. The Togo pack could be next.

State-sanctioned slaughter of wolves destroys close-knit wolf families, orphans pups, and increases the risk of livestock conflicts.

Wolves and packs can flourish, if the state just gets out of the wolf-killing business.

Please support our fight today 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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