It’s been more than two years since the killing took place of two wolves from the Lookout Pack in Washington state near Twisp.  Charges have now been filed against three people who federal agents say are responsible.  These wolves came from British Columbia and were fully protected by the Endangered Species Act.  They were also from the first pack of wolves known to be in Washington for several decades.  The charges against the three are serious.

You can read the previous story here: Poachers kill wolves from Washington state’s first pack.

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10 Responses to Federal charges filed in Wash. wolf poaching case

  1. Linda says:

    Throw the book at these neanderthals! Who do they think they are to decide a wolf’s life should end? It is far more noble than the lives they obviously lead!

  2. Nota says:

    As it should be.

  3. Daniel Berg says:

    Hopefully the White’s get the punishment they deserve. Let it be a message to other would-be poachers on the eastern slopes.

  4. Immer Treue says:

    For the discerning eye and mind, in this case it is wolves in particular, but in general, for all wildlife, poachers are an embarrassment to those who hunt and to those who enjoy wild areas.

    One must wonder how much of this went on before the reintroduction of wolves into the NRM states. Naturally dispersing wolves never really had a chance.

    • JEFF E says:

      back in 1995 I recall a conversation with a person who lived in Round Valley who said “we always have a few wolves come through.They never last long”.

      • Jeff I think Washington State has been a destination for wolves for a long time. Hopefully they stay largely unnoticed until we have packs that can be protected.

  5. Woody says:

    It has been a long time coming; I hope the court does dole out stiff sentences and fines.

  6. Harley says:

    Just read the story from the link on the International Wolf Center FB page. Gotta say, they weren’t too bright now, were they? It’s one thing if you find a predator threatening your pet, livestock etc. It’s another thing to just go out and shoot them. That I do NOT agree with at all.
    The phrase from Forest Gump comes to mind.
    Stupid is as stupid does.

  7. eloise says:

    Let’s see some stiff sentences – no ‘slap on the wrist’. Wolves are having a hard enough time with the change in laws lately.

  8. Immer Treue says:

    Not to burst bubbles, but wherever one finds wolves, this will occur. SSS is alive and well in N Minnesota.


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