Washington Fish and Wildlife may prohibit cattle from some department grazing lands to avoid conflicts with wolves, according to an internal review of grazing policies.
The review responds to a wolf population growing in numbers and territory. If the department follows through, some of the 129,459 acres of grazing land owned by Fish and Wildlife likely would be off-limits to cattle.
In other places, ranchers would have to sign detailed plans to prevent attacks by wolves with non-lethal measures. In some cases, cattle could be taken off the land to stop the depredations.
“It’s inevitable wolves will depredate livestock on our lands,” Fish and Wildlife Lands Division Manager Cynthia Wilkerson said Feb. 13. “We’re going to try to reduce the conflicts. You may have to move either the wolves or the livestock. To be fair, we have to look at both sides of the equation.”
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