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October 12, 2019 - Wall Street Journal

Wolf Resurgence in Washington State Tests Limits of Civility

Wolf Resurgence in Washington State Tests Limits of Civility
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Washington state’s growing population of gray wolves is exposing deep divides among residents and testing civility among its top decision makers.

And managing the animals is about to get more complicated, as the state begins drawing up a new wolf-management plan and weighing whether to establish a hunting season. The wolves, nearly nonexistent in the northwestern state for almost a century, have grown in number with Washington reporting numbers of at least 126 wolves and 27 packs, late last year. The wolves’ resurgence has brought cheers from conservationists, who view them as symbolic, charismatic creatures that can improve the state’s ecosystems and jeers from ranchers and livestock owners, who see them as killers that threaten their livelihoods.

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