A South Sound judge has dismissed out-of-state wolf groups’ lawsuit against state fish and wildlife managers, saying it’s moot now that the lethal removal order against the now-defunct pack has been lifted.
However, WDFW has agreed to Thurston County Superior Court Judge Chris Lanese’s request to provide an eight-hour window for the public to challenge in court any pending plans to take out any livestock-depredating wolves.
The agency essentially already does that as attacks on cows, calves, sheep or lambs are tracked over time, and it puts out a press release announcing that lethal action is about to begin against a number of animals.
The lawsuit wss filed last year during Sherman Pack operations by the Center for Biological Diversity of Arizona and Cascadia Wildlands of Eugene, Oregon.
WDFW says it takes livestock depredations and wolf removals seriously and it will continue working with stakeholders as it implements the wolf management plan and protocols that generally stress non-lethal work and killing problem wolves as a last resort.
Typically, one out of every five packs gets involved in depredations.