Ron Judd: My heart leapt a little. In a good way, one I almost had forgotten. Seeing those six wolf pups last week

Ron Judd. Seattle Times columnist writes about Washington’s wolf pack.

The Methow’s “Lookout Pack,” as it’s being called, is the first verified litter — emphasis on “verified” — in this state since the gray wolf was hunted to extinction in the 1970s. But the pack, living in the hills above Twisp, Okanogan County, probably isn’t the only one.







  1. April Clauson Avatar
    April Clauson

    Thanks for posting Ralph, I love those pups, they are so cute. I pasted to the YSnet site also…..hopefully is sounds like WA is more apt to accept them than other states…

  2. Eileen Avatar

    Wow, great story. I’ve heard the howls before on public radio.

    Another funny thing – a month or two ago, I listened to another story on public radio. They interviewed some individuals who had what sounded like legitimate wolf sightings.

    They then interviewed a Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife employee (a PIO, I think). Hechuckled and said, “Oh, we’d know if there was pack in Washington!”

    No knock to the agency, I think they work hard trying to do a good job, but still funny.

    I’m a native Washingtonian, lived in Idaho for 25 years. I love iIdaho, seen so many wonderful things, I love the wildness.

    But sometimes the attitudes reflected in media and those around me get me down. I toy with the idea of moving back. Something like this pushs me further towards moving.

    But here, I travel 30 minutes and am alone. It isn’t like that in Washington, even in Twisp.

    Joni Mitchell may have said it best, “Don’t it always seem to go, we don’t know what we’ve got till its gone.”

  3. sal Avatar

    For pictures of these wolves…

    This organization has remote cameras and look who they got!!!


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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