Citing Threats, Washington Cancels Wolf Management Public Meetings

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) cancelled a series of 14 planned public meetings aimed at gathering comment on post-wolf recovery. The reason? Threats from people on both sides of the issue.

“We’ve seen incredible intensity around wolf issues this summer, on both sides of the issue. For outreach to be meaningful, our meetings have to be productive. Unfortunately, we’ve received some information that indicates to us that the meetings could be disrupted, possibly creating an unsafe meeting environment for the public participating,” said WDFW Director Kelly Susewind.

Instead of face-to-face open houses, WDFW will host webinars on September 17, September 25 and October 15.

WDFW is accepting public comment on future wolf management plans. Go here to provide input and for more information.

(Photo source: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)