Stop The Senseless Killing Of Kettle River Range Wolves in Washington State
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A single rancher is responsible for the complete elimination of an entire pack of wolves. Now, he's aiming to kill another pack.
Tell the Washington State Governor and the director of Washington's Department of Fish and Wildlife that Washington State must stop killing wolves to appease a single rancher.
Cattle rancher Len McIrvin and the Diamond M Ranch are out for blood. McIrvin is grazing cattle on public state land in wolf territory, on purpose - and the wolves that live there are getting a taste for his cattle. This leads to livestock deaths on both state and private lands, which he then demands the wolves be killed for. McIrvin is responsible for the complete culling of one wolf pack, and for the current culling of another pack now making a home in the same area.1
There are programs in place to prevent livestock depredation and to compensate ranchers for all cattle killed by wolves. If McIrvin refuses compensation, he does not get to state his own terms of revenge on the wolves. Longtime animal welfare advocate Wayne Pacelle summarizes it well: "The continued appeasement of one stubborn-minded rancher has been a long-running disaster for wolves." 2
Chris Bachman, the wildlife program director of the Lands Council, said in a news release, "It is evident at this point, grazing in an area of prime wolf habitat is folly. This is an area where livestock will continue to fall prey to wolves. We need to find effective sustainable solutions. Each time wolves have been removed due to conflicts with Diamond M cattle, more wolves move in to occupy the area. It's time to try moving the cattle instead." 3
Non-lethal methods are a well-studied and effective way to deter wolf attacks4, 5. These types of methods need to be followed by all ranchers. Culling entire packs in wolf territory on state land is obviously not a viable or effective long-term solution.
Help put an end to the senseless and vengeful killing of wolves in Washington. Sign today!
- Geranios, N. (2019, August 1) Washington to kill more wolves to protect cattle
- Pszanowski, D. (2019, July 22) Advocacy Groups Launch Campaign Calling Attention to Wolf Killing in Washington
- Francovich, E. (2019, July 31) OPT wolf pack to be targeted; Ferry County rancher shoots wolf
- Moore, G. (2017, March 3) Study shows effectiveness of nonlethal wolf deterrents
- Stone, S. et al (2017, February 8) Adaptive use of nonlethal strategies for minimizing wolf-sheep conflict in Idaho
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and WDFW Director Kelly Susewind:
Wolves are vital for a healthy and balanced ecosystem in Washington and elsewhere. Despite their very recent and controversial de-listing in the eastern portion of the state, they still need government protection, and should not be killed to appease a single rancher.
Cattle rancher Len McIrvin and the Diamond M Ranch are out for blood. McIrvin is grazing cattle on public state land in wolf territory, on purpose, without adequate oversight or protection. This leads to wolf depredations on his cattle on both state and private lands, which he then demands the wolves be killed for. McIrvin alone is responsible for the complete culling of one wolf pack, and for the current culling of another pack now making a home in the same area!
There are programs in place to prevent depredation and to compensate ranchers for all cattle killed by wolves. If McIrvin refuses compensation, he does not get to state his own terms of revenge on the wolves. There are more than 1 million cattle in Washington state, and fewer than 150 wolves. It's the wolves that need your protection.
Research shows that non-lethal methods successfully deter wolf attacks. These methods need to be followed by all ranchers. As we've seen before, simply killing off wolf packs is not an effective solution to the problems these ranchers are experiencing. Please stop these senseless hunts on this already dwindling wolf pack; there are better options that don't involve killing.
Your swift action is appreciated.