Wolves in Washington Update - Online

Wolves in Washington Update - Online

Wolves in Washington Update - Online

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When
Apr 24, 2024 from 05:30 PM to 06:45 PM
Where
Anywhere you want!
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$10.00
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Wolves are a keystone predator that plays a valuable and important role in the health of our ecosystems. After nearly being eradicated in the early 1900s, the gray wolf (Canis lupus), a native Washington species, has naturally returned to our state. A wolf pack with pups was confirmed in July 2008 in western Okanogan and northern Chelan counties and represented the first fully documented breeding by wolves in the state since the 1930s! Since then, the state’s wolf population has increased at an average rate of around 23% every year – 5% in 2022 – and many other wolf packs have been confirmed. 

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In the latest annual census of wolves in Washington State, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) reports the following good news for wolf recovery: 

  • Washington has a minimum of 216 wolves in the state at the end of 2022, compared to 209 in 2021, and 26 breeding pairs in 2022, compared to 19 in 2021.
  • Eight new wolf packs were formed, including four new packs in the North Cascades.
  • There have been greater than four successful breeding pairs in the North Cascades recovery region for three years in a row, which is an important step toward meeting recovery goals.
  • The Big Muddy pack was the first to establish in the South Cascades.

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Join us for a Zoom presentation with biologists from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Wolf Advisory Group. They will share an overview of the status of wolves in the state, provide updates on current wolf packs and take questions too.

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Participants will learn how they can stay updated, get involved, and how the Washington Wolf Advisory Group is working to promote equitable, inclusive, and respectful dialogue and decision-making among diverse people to foster durable peace by transforming the root causes of social conflict and providing high quality recommendations on wolf recovery, conservation, and management.

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If you can't make the specific date or time of a class you want to take, you can still register and we will send you a link to view the program on your own time! All registrants will have access to the class recording for a limited time to re-watch too.

Photos courtesy of wdfw.wa.gov