WDFW proposes gray wolves reclassify from ‘state endangered’ to ‘sensitive’

From Queen Anne & Magnolia News:

By state standards, should gray wolves in Washington be designated endangered, threatened or simply sensitive?

To weigh in on that question, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife this week opened a public comment period that continues through May 6.

Currently, gray wolves fall under two separate classifications. By state designation, they are considered endangered across Washington. However, under federal standards, the animals are considered endangered in the western two-thirds of the state but threatened – a lower risk threshold – in the eastern third of Washington. And their numbers have been increasing over the past decade.


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