"This is a very difficult situation, especially given the history of wolf-livestock conflict in this area," Kelly Susewind, WDFW director, said after authorizing the lethal action earlier this month. "We are committed to working with a diversity of stakeholders in a collaborative process to seek other creative and adaptive solutions to prevent future losses of wolves and livestock."
Given the efforts to restore endangered gray wolves to the region, it's clear that Washington wants wolves to thrive again — except when they're thriving a little too close to ranchers. "WDFW is much more interested in appeasing ranchers than protecting an endangered species," Fahy said. "This is beyond tragic.”