Lookout Pack has disappeared, but now there are 4 other packs in state-

Argument over wolves gets heated though wolves are rarely seen and seem to have no perceptible effects-

Wolfpacks of North Cascades [Washington], though elusive, very divisive. By Gary Chittim. King 5 News

About The Author

Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

6 Responses to Wolfpacks of North Cascades, though elusive, very divisive

  1. avatar ProWolf in WY says:

    There were some intelligent arguments in there but of course the classic paranoia of the “evil government” planting wolves there.

  2. avatar Daniel Berg says:

    I felt like they could have done a better job with this piece.

    They sent a reporter over to the Methow for a day or so and they advertised the story in the evening before the piece ran on the 11PM news. If they went to that trouble, it wouldn’t have hurt to go just a little bit more in-depth.

    • avatar WM says:


      Aren’t you expecting a bit too much. We all know the purpose of shallow TV journalism is just to fill the dead time between advertisements, which is the sole why network/local TV even exists anymore – profit.

    • avatar Ralph Maughan says:

      Daniel Berg,

      Actually that is a long story for television news. A large number of studies show that while people say they trust television news the most, those who watch TV news for most of their news know less than those who read the newspapers for their news.

  3. FYI The lookout pack is in my back yard literally. I hear them and I have told a wildlife biologist about that too. There are also a huge pack of coyotes and two cougars too. And last year there was a cinnamon colored bear that chased the deer from my front yard. I am a wildlife artist and I am studying wolves for painting them and I am excited about the fact that they are in my back yard.


August 2011


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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