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By Madeline Coats
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Law would support full recovery of gray wolves


A proposed bill would support the full recovery of gray wolves in Washington state, as well as protect the livestock industry and their coexistence with wolves.

House Bill 2097 was co-sponsored by 11 bipartisan representatives and introduced by the Deputy Minority Leader Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda.

The gray wolf, otherwise known as Canis lupus, is protected under state law and the federal Endangered Species Act in the western two-thirds of Washington, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Wolves in the eastern third of Washington were removed from federal protection on May 5, 2011.

“I think this is a pretty modest attempt to bring some solutions,” said Kretz at...

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