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Wolves spotted in Western Washington

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Are wolves moving into Western Washington? It looks like that may be the case after several people say they’ve seen wolves in and around Granite Falls, Washington. Officials with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have received multiple “unverified” reports, according to KIRO7.

Becca Van Tassell is one of those people. An avid hunter and outdoorswoman, Van Tassell is confident that the animal she spotted in her parents’ backyard was a wolf after seeing photos that another Granite Falls resident took and posted on Facebook. The photos were posted last week and could mean that wolves have moved into the western part of the state.

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According to Amy Windrope, WDFW’s Region 4 director, a lone wolf was caught and collared in the Marblemount area. In fact, there are 22 confirmed wolf packs within the state.

“They’ve come over the border from Idaho and traveled into eastern Washington and it’s possible they will travel into Western Washington,” says Windrope.

If you spot a wolf, Windrope wants you to mark the location on WDFW’s online map or, if possible, collect scat, fur or other DNA samples.

“We’re very interested in the facts behind it—where are we seeing them, how can we document them, how we understand how they’re moving through the landscape?” says Windtrope.

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Tim G. - posted 1 week ago on 11-11-2018 08:11:51 pm
Marysville, Wa
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Any thoughts?????

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Tim G. - posted 1 week ago on 11-11-2018 08:09:54 pm
Marysville, Wa
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This subject has intrigued me for several years now. The fact that this is now “speculated” news is late since there was a wolf spotted in Marysville several years ago. The fact that they “wandered” here from Canada and Idaho when I was told first hand from a gentleman involved in reintroducing them here told me that they screwed up and would NEVER admit that they put them here because it would cause a financial hardship on the WDFW. I’ve seen so many of these articles that claim the lies so often that they have become the true narrative...it’s all very peculiar. What exactly is the end game here????

Ed M. - posted 1 week ago on 11-11-2018 07:53:28 pm

Shoot or posion all wolfs!

Ryan M. - posted 1 week ago on 11-09-2018 04:11:41 pm
Port Orchard Washington
goHUNT INSIDER

Crazy

Nick n. - posted 2 weeks ago on 11-07-2018 11:08:06 am
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One collared wolf was spotted this weekend just outside of Buckley, WA as well.. Video is also up on Facebook.

Gary H. - posted 2 weeks ago on 11-07-2018 09:43:28 am
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“We’re very interested in the facts behind it—where are we seeing them, how can we document them, how we understand how they’re moving through the landscape?”

Pretty simple folks. They got hungry and they walked there. I suggest killing them for being naughty.