Washington DFW Wolf Advisory Group Expanded From 9 to 18 Members

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Washington DFW Wolf Advisory Group expanded from 9 to 18 members
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Olympia, WA -(Ammoland.com)- Nine members have been added to the committee that advises the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) on wolf recovery and management.

Their appointments, for two-year terms that run through 2016, bring the Wolf Advisory Group’s membership to 18.

WDFW Director Jim Unsworth said the new members will bring diverse personal and professional backgrounds to the group that makes recommendations to guide the department’s implementation of the state’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan.

WDFW formed the group in 2013, with nine members representing the interests of wolf advocates, cattle ranchers, and hunters. Unsworth said the new members bring a wider range of perspectives and, for example, include a science teacher and a member of the state’s largest hiking association.

“Wolf recovery has been and will continue to be a very challenging issue, and the advisory group members will provide valuable advice on how to achieve the goals of the wolf plan,” said Unsworth.

Dave Ware, the department’s wolf policy lead, said more than 50 people applied for the new positions following the department’s announcement in October that it was seeking to expand the group. Ware said WDFW placed a priority on selecting people from diverse backgrounds who have the ability to share information about the advisory group’s discussions within their own networks of contacts.

Ware said the nine people who served as original members or alternates will continue to serve through 2016. Those members have been very helpful to the department, and their continued presence will lend stability and continuity to the advisory group, he said.

The group’s next meeting is planned for March, with details to be announced on the Wolf Advisory Group website:http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/advisory/wag/ .

WDFW Wolf Advisory Group members (new members in boldface)

Name City Affiliation
Bob Aegeter Bellingham Sierra Club
Shawn Cantrell Seattle Defenders of Wildlife
Tim Coleman Republic Kettle Range Conservation Group
Dave Dashiell Hunters Cattle Producers of Washington
Don Dashiell Colville Stevens County Commissioner
Tom Davis Olympia Washington Farm Bureau
Dave Duncan Ellensburg Washingtonians for Wildlife Conservation
Tom Erskine Camas Washington Trails Association
Jack Field Ellensburg Washington State Cattlemen’s Association
Diane Gallegos Tenino Wolf Haven International
Janey Howe Colville Science teacher and part-time range rider
Molly Linville Palisades Independent cattle rancher
Nick Martinez Moxee Washington State Sheep Producers
Dan McKinley Spangle Mule Deer Foundation
Dan Paul Seattle Humane Society of the United States
Mark Pidgeon Bellevue Hunters Heritage Council
Lisa Stone Shelton Hunter
Paula Swedeen Olympia Conservation Northwest