While Washington has killing wolves to try to disrupt predatory behavior for the last several years, WDFW Director Kelly Susewind admitted that “this is the worst year we’ve ever had" in an interview with the Spokesman-Review. “I know we’ve never had three packs that are above the threshold for lethal removal," Susewind said.
A century ago, gray wolves were nearly wiped out across the country because of hunting and habitat loss.
In the 1960s, the introduction of endangered species protections helped bring them back from the brink of extinction. But when the ranching industry gets involved, the WDFW is forced to make a choice.
"Washington has over a million head of cattle and approximately 120 wolves," Brooks Fahy, executive director of Predator Defense, told The Dodo. "Killing wolves will not solve this problem. Keeping cattle away from core wolf territories on public and private lands will."