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Commission amends state wildlife interaction rules


The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission amended several state wildlife interaction rules, including those addressing conflicts between wolves and livestock, during their Oct. 4 public meeting in Olympia.

The amendments approved by the commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), are more consistent with Washington’s Wolf Conservation and Management plan and implement 2013 legislation.

Those amendments include:

• Making permanent an emergency rule that permits ranchers, farmers, and other pet and livestock owners in the eastern third of the state to kill a wolf that is attacking their animals.

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