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WDFW Commission to consider amending state wildlife interaction rules

During the commission’s regular meeting Oct. 4 in Olympia, commissioners will consider proposed amendments to wildlife interaction rules that are more consistent with Washington’s Wolf Conservation and Management plan and to implement 2013 legislation.

The amendments are available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regulations/development.html.

Those amendments include:

  • Making permanent an emergency rule that permits ranchers, farmers, and other pet and livestock owners in the eastern third of the state to kill a wolf that is attacking their animals.
  • Adding sheep, goats, swine, donkeys, mules, llamas and alpacas to the list of animals livestock owners could be compensated for if those animals are killed by wolves. The current list only includes cattle, sheep and horses.
  • Permitting state compensation regardless of whether livestock owners were raising the animals for commercial purposes.
  • Compensating livestock owners for their losses at market value.

In other business, the commission will consider two land transactions, and will receive briefings on wolf management activities this summer and updates to Hydraulic Code Rules, which regulate construction around state waterways to protect fish.

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