SPOKANE, Wash. - This week, a Republican lawmaker who represents eastern Washington ranch country introduced what many see as a poke in the eye for his colleagues who support wolf recovery. The new bill would move wolves to the west side of the Cascades. The proposal was immediately taken as a joke. But some conservationists say: moving wolves west is not a bad idea.
Washington’s wolf population is now concentrated in the northeastern part of the state. That’s where wolves from Canada and Idaho converge. And that’s where they meet the cattle of Rep. Joel Kretz’s constituents. And they don’t want the wolves around.
“Most of the support for wolves appears to be in areas where there are no wolves,” Kretz says. “They love wolves in the west side of the state. Particularly urban areas. I’d love to see ‘em in Volunteer Park, for example.”
Volunteer Park is in the middle of Seattle. …Continued at NWNewsNetwork.org, where this report first appeared.
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