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WA: Commission to consider wolf plan

By K.C. Mehaffey
World staff writer

OLYMPIA — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider adopting a plan for managing gray wolves on Dec. 3.

Under development since 2007, the plan calls for allowing wolves to naturally migrate from Idaho, Oregon, Montana and British Columbia. The plan is proposed by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Five wolf packs have been documented in Washington since the state began developing a plan, including three in the northeastern part of the state, and two in the North Cascades. The plan establishes goals for recovery, and ways to address problems with killing of livestock and other game, such as deer and elk.

Consideration and possible adoption of the plan will be on the second day of the commission’s two-day meeting, beginning at 8 a.m. each day in room 172 of the Natural Resource Building, 1111 Washington St., Olympia.