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Hunter Rep, Others Sought For WDFW Wolf Advisory Group

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking candidates to serve a two-year appointment on the citizen committee that advises WDFW’s Director on wolf conservation and management. 

HUNTERS GATHER AROUND AN OKANOGAN COUNTY CAMPFIRE DURING A PAST DEER SEASON. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

The Wolf Advisory Group (WAG) was formed in 2013 with nine members representing the interests of environmentalists, hunters, livestock producers, and other stakeholders. In 2015, WDFW increased the group’s size to 18 members to better reflect the diversity of perspectives on wolf conservation and management. 

There are currently four vacancies on the WAG. Based on the current composition of the group, WDFW is especially interested in recruiting stakeholders who represent 1) hunting organizations/interests, 2) livestock production/organizations in the northeast region of the state, and 3) other “at large” interests.

Successful candidates must demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with those whose views may significantly differ from their own and seek to constructively engage in developing advice and recommendations to WDFW regarding Washington wolf recovery and management. 

The first WAG meeting in which new members could participate would be June 22-23, 2022, in Moses Lake, WA. The WAG holds at least four two-day meetings per year. While most meetings will take place in Spokane, Ellensburg, and Olympia, virtual meetings will be used as desired and necessary. Advisory group members may be reimbursed by WDFW for travel expenses to attend meetings. 

Online applications are available on the WDFW WAG page. If you are unable to submit an online application, you may submit a written application by visiting the WAG page and downloading the form or requesting a printed application form by emailing wagfacilitationteam@rossstrategic.com. Requests for the form can also be mailed to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, P. O. Box 43200, Olympia, WA 98504-3200.

While postal mail applications will be accepted, email/online responses are requested. All applicants will be notified by email (or postal mail, if no email address) regarding the status of their application throughout the process. Regardless of the method of application, all applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. Pacific, June 3, 2022

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For more information about the Wolf Advisory Group, see wdfw.wa.gov/about/advisory/wag/. WDFW’s wolf conservation and management website is located at wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/at-risk/species-recovery/gray-wolf

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) celebrates and values diversity, appreciating that an advisory group composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with stakeholders, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission.  

Applicants requiring assistance with the application process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 360-902-2276. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state’s free telecommunication access service.