Here is a Letter to the Editor for the May 2, 2019 edition of the Chewelah Independent talking about the WDFW and predator management inside Stevens County.
I attended a meeting on April 22, 2019 with the Stevens County Commissioners, Sheriff Manke, Jeff Flood, WDFW Region 1 Director Steve Pozzanghera and a few people from the general public. Pozzanghera talked about the development of a “Periodic Status Review” (PSR) to develop a recommendation to the Game Commission to evaluate whether a change in the listing status for wolves is warranted. Each regional director is meeting with the county commissioners within their district.
If the Game Commission determines a change in status is warranted, then a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) is initiated. This whole process would take about three years!
One of the objectives for delisting is determining that the population is no longer in danger of failing, declining or vulnerable. ARE WE THERE YET? Another worthless review to tell us what we already know! The people of Stevens County don’t need another study to know the wolves have recovered!
Waiting three more years before doing something to reduce wolf numbers to save our cattlemen, moose, deer, elk and local economy is not acceptable.
I would like to commend our County Commissioners for asking many good questions and being critical of another review (stall tactic) by the WDFW before doing something pro-active. There will be another public meeting at the fairgrounds announced towards the end of June. Please plan to attend.
Northeast Washington Wildlife Group (NWWG)