Washington State Wildlife Officials Order Killing of Entire Wolf Family to Protect Cows

Washington State Wildlife Officials Order Killing of Entire Wolf Family to Protect Cows

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On Friday, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Kelly Susewind issued a lethal removal order for the two remaining of the Togo wolf family in response to depredation of cattle on grazing lands in the Kettle River range of Ferry County.

Thus, in accordance with the agency’s controversial Wolf Plan and 2017 wolf-livestock interaction protocol, WDFW Director Kelly Susewind reauthorized staff to kill the last two wolves of the Togo pack.

Washington State Wildlife Officials Order Killing of Entire Wolf Family to Protect Cows
Washington State Wildlife Officials Order of Entire Wolf Family to Protect Cows

WDFW officials killed one member of the Togo pack last September in an attempt to stop depredations, and a rancher killed another member of the Togo pack earlier this summer as it was attacking his cattle.

This isn’t the first time WDFW has ordered the killing of an entire pack. The state has obliterated several wolf packs over the years, starting with the Wedge Pack in 2012, and has caused countless packs to fragment as a result of targeting individual wolves. All of these kill orders were issued with the same goal: stop livestock depredation.

Yet science shows that killing a wolf can increase the risk that wolves will prey on livestock in the future. It is counterproductive and unsustainable.

Should Washington continue to kill state- wolves to benefit the profit margins of a private business?

Please contact WDFW Director Kelly Susewind before it’s too late and respectfully ask him to call off the kill order.

CALL 360-902-2200
E-mail [email protected]

This article was first published by Wolf Conservation Center on 10 August 2019.

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Ken Prewitt


Alison Moanique

absolutely heartless. we get all pissy when people attempt mass shootings yet officials can order the deaths of entire families of wild animals. humans are the bottom of the barrel and do not deserve to feel suoerior to the animals.

Lily Harper


Rosemary Keogh

Oh my god no way

Brian Keith

America really is fucked


Shocking – the best way to protect cows is to stop eating beef and consuming dairy produce!!

Monty Foley


Monty Foley

If you eat any meat/cows/dairy this is on you..this is YOUR fault..YOU are to blame..YOU are complicit and YOU have the blood of these poor,inncent wolves on YOUR hands…stop pointing fingers and stop blaming others…stop eating cow/meat/beef and GO VEGAN ASAP…OR STFU !!!

Patricia Quinn

Gov. Inslee!! Stop this!!

Cameron McElroy

Stop, no more!

Heather Coloccia

This is so unfair to the wolvepacks why do they have to lose their lives? It’s just to bad it has to come down to this and also that no law that protects wildlife. What a shame it’s wishful thinking to bad they didn’t understand that it’s time to leave to save there lives.

Shawn Mack


Tierra Chapman

Boycott beef and lamb if you sincerely want to be an intergral part of the solution rather than a complicit, and significant part of the problem. Otherwise, STFU and watch our wildlife and our wildlands go to the animal ag industry! No demand = no supply!

Lois Carol Wessels

When will this carnage stop?

Stan Banfield

They’re killing their legacy
States are in an inescapable downward spiral.

Sara Leonard

This is BS. How do we literally stand up against the wildlife officials? They are responsible for so much death. And f**k the ranchers. Get your movable feast off public property. So, how do we stop this from happening??? Seriously?? This is blatently, in-your-face wrong. I feel so desperate about the climate of insanity surrounding wildlife and the carnage we are wreaking. The sense of betrayal by “wildlife” officials is palpable. It seems as though they are bought and paid for, the lot of them. Shameful.

Tierra Chapman

BOYCOTT beef and lamb if you want to be a part of the solution/

Sara Leonard

I get it, but that won’t save these wolves.

Michèle Haudebourg

Really lamentable. Stop killing wolves. Stop killing wildlife.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

More cruel and stupid f*cking does

Barbi Eslick

I’ll take the wolves over politicians and ranchers ANY DAY.

Tami Miller

COWS are NOT the ONLY IMPORTANT animal in this country EVERY ANIMAL is IMPORTANT. That farmer needs a intelligence check done there are ways to deal with this that have nothing to do with killing the wolves.

Michael Smith

There should be labels on meat “Hazardous to climate and wildlife”

Mahmoud Aboul Nasr

Very inappropriate ,unfair & sad.

Jorge Rivera


Joyce Dannheim

This is insane at the behest of a farmer who hadn’t done enough to protect his livestock. The farmer probably killed all the prey the wolves eat so they kill their food and take their land and now they kill them. This has to stop