WDFW Commission Meeting Updates Public on Wolf Management, Fishery Reforms

Dave Ware, WDFW game manager, said wildlife managers will provide the commission a comprehensive overview of the department’s wolf-management activities since the state’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan was adopted last December.

“Wildlife managers have frequently been in contact with commission members on specific aspects of wolf management, but this briefing will provide a more comprehensive view,” Ware said.

Representatives from the livestock industry and conservation organizations are also scheduled to join in the presentation, which will include WDFW’s recent efforts to eliminate a wolf pack that has repeatedly preyed on cattle in northeast Washington.

On other matters, the commission will receive briefings on:

  • Joint efforts by representatives from Washington and Oregon to develop a new structure for salmon and sturgeon fisheries on the lower Columbia River.

  • Options for restructuring the Puget Sound spot shrimp fishery.

  • A proposed expansion of the Klickitat Hatchery to support changes in fish production.

  • Strategies for enlisting science students to help collect data to meet the information needs of natural resource agencies.