In Washington, six gray wolves were poisoned. On February 18, authorities found four dead wolves in the territory of the Wedge pack in Stevens County. The following month, two more dead wolves were discovered. The toxicology report revealed that all of the wolves died after ingesting poison.
Wolf biologist with Defenders of Wildlife, Zoe Hanley, said “This cowardly act flies in the face of committed efforts from biologists, policymakers and ranchers working to recover and coexist with wolves in Washington.” Instead of coexisting with these majestic animals, residents are taking matters into their own hands. Paula Swedeen, from wolf policy lead for Conservation Northwest said, “We need to find solutions that allow wolves to inhabit this wild country without constant death threats hanging over their heads.”
Last year, there were around 206 wolves and 33 packs in Washington. The six gray wolves that were poisoned are also on the endangered list. Killing one wolf on purpose is a gross misdemeanor. This can lead to a $5,000 fine and up to one year in jail. Conservation and wildlife organizations are offering $51,400 to anyone with information that would lead to the conviction of the perpetrators.
Call the authorities if you have an issue with gray wolves or wolves in general. On Monday, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife had to remove one wolf from the Leadpoint pack territory lethally. It was repeatedly attacking cattle on private lands in Stevens County. While some owners will get donkeys to prevent wolf attacking their livestock, others take things too far. There is no reason why six gray wolves were poisoned. Pure hatred and lack of understanding for the wolf species can lead to their tragic endings.