Since 2007, Washington’s wolf population has grown from one to eight packs, plus four more suspected, totaling about 100 wolves. Managing them remains a controversial challenge.
Wolves thrived in the lower 48 states until they were nearly exterminated in the 1930s by hunting and poisoning. In 1996, game officials reintroduced 66 wolves in Yellowstone and Idaho, and soon they flourished.
Washington documented its first wolf pack in 2007. Since last year alone, the state’s wolves have increased 47%, primarily in the north Cascades, northeastern Washington, and the Teanaway region of Kittitas County. Read the Spokesman-Review article, and learn more about Washington’s wolf management efforts.