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Topic: Department of Fish and Wildlife

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July 30, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Department of Fish and Wildlife culpable in loss of herring

I think that article about marine birds’ decline was right on [“Once-common marine birds disappearing from our coast,” Local News,July 24]. I’ve watched the herring disappear in the sound over the last 60 years. I’ve watched places like Port Susan get commercial fished by five trawling boats who went 24/7 for one year in the bay…

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Comments | More in Fishing | Topics: Department of Fish and Wildlife, herring, marine birds

June 27, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Wolf control: Protecting crucial species

A gray wolf rests on the Colville Indian Reservation near Nespelem, Okanogan County. Eight conservation groups recently petitioned the state Department of Fish and Wildlife asking livestock producers to exhaust nonlethal measures to prevent wolf depredations. (Colville Indian Tribes, 2012)

Not surprisingly, Jack Field, vice president of the Ellensburg Cattlemen’s Association, reports, “Cattlemen and hunting advocates contend that the northern Rocky Mountains, where wolf hunting is allowed, successful recovery generally mean that up to half the population must be killed to prevent them from decimating cattle herds and other wildlife.” [“Conservationists seek nonlethal wolf controls,” Local News, June 21].

While state Department of Fish and Wildlife and oversight legislators have had the wisdom to maintain endangered species protection for an iconic species whose call in the wild signifies the presence of every other species, and whose reintroduction after 70 years was described by Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt: “[it] reconnects our historical linkage with the wilderness that is so central to our national character.” Scores of Washington state residents who strive to

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Comments | More in animals | Topics: Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ellensburg Cattlemen’s Association, Idaho