We did our best, but these Foresters in Washington state are well-schooled in The Way of the Bureaucrat. Despite the sole known Washington wolf pack’s rendezvous site being at the best, most available water source for public land cattle on the unit, livestock described by Don Johnson as looking feeble and “like bait”, the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has decided that it wants to experiment with Washington wolves and allow livestock to be put out on top of them to see whether conflict will arise.
Anxiety grows as wolves rebound in Methow Valley – The Seattle Times
- During times that cattle are in a unit with den or rendezvous site, the permittee will be required to inspect the area at least twice per week.
- Sick or injured livestock must be removed from the allotment.
- “Livestock carcasses on the allotment must be moved from the allotment, destroyed by blasting with explosives, or electric fenced if they would attract wolves to a potential conflict situation with other livestock, such as a salting ground, water source, or holding corral.”
I would like to take this opportunity to publicly volunteer to help with the blasting.
We were also assured that the Washington wolves would not be “controlled” if a conflict did arise. Of course, the real threat is the long-term, the threat that the wolves will acclimate to the taste of easy & tender calf, and the local media’s reactionary tendency to put the blame on the wolves.
Let’s hope for the Lookout pack’s sake that we’re wrong.