(By The Independent Staff)
Washington State Fish and Wildlife officials have turned down an offer to move the targeted wolves of the Profanity Peak pack to a sanctuary in California, the Seattle Times reports.
After killing numerous cattle this summer, the WDFW has lethally removed about half the pack and plans to finish removing the rest of the pack which roams between Republic and Kettle Falls. Their roaming territory overlaps federal grazing land that four local cattle producers let their cattle out on.
According to the Seattle Times, Lorin Lindner and Matthew Simmons of the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center in Ventura County, Calif. offered to use helicopters, tranquilize the wolves and take the wolves to their preserve.
The two made this offer after hearing the WDFW would lethally remove the pack. They traveled to Ferry County to talk to state and local officials. WDFW officials, the Seattle Times reported, said the proposal was unworkable. They said from their experience in tranquilizing wolves, it’s not practical when there’s no snow on the ground to slow them down. The two rebuffed this response.
“People in your state seem to be determined to kill these animals even when there’s an offer to remove them that won’t cost the state a dime,” Simmons said to the Seattle Times.
The state is re-evaluating the situation with the wolves each week and WDFW spokesman Craig Bartlett said they are open to new strategies. The Seattle Times said what other strategies by the state was not made clear to them.
The Wolf Advisory Group is scheduled to have a meeting in North Bend on Sept. 14 and 15 to discuss policy on the management of the wolves.