By Cooper Inveen
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Legislation pending that could alter state's wolf management efforts


As Washington’s gray wolf population continues to grow, so do concerns from those living in the areas of the state most affected by their return.

“There are two sides to this issue, and it kind of boils down to either you like them or you don’t,” said Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, who co-sponsored several wolf-related bills this legislative session.

Seven bills relating to Washington’s gray wolves have been introduced to the 2015 Legislature, with four surviving for continuing consideration in their respective chamber this week. Together they could have a dramatic effect on Washington’s wolf-recovery policy.

Sen. Brian Dansel, R-Republic, is sponsoring Senate Bill 5583, which...

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