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WDFW takes preventive actions to reduce conflicts with wolves


For the past year, wildlife biologists at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have been preparing for the summer grazing season when wolves are most likely to encounter livestock in eastern Washington.

Stationed from Okanogan to the Blue Mountains, a team of “wildlife conflict” specialists has been working with ranchers to help them protect their livestock, while field biologists capture and fit wolves with radio-collars to improve state monitoring efforts.

That work will continue even as ranchers move more cattle, sheep, and other livestock into summer grazing areas.

WDFW Director Jim Unsworth, hired to lead the department in January after 30 years as a wildlife man...

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