Ranching and farming are a vital part of the state’s economy, and the lands that foster this industry also provide critical habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is responsible for protecting and managing wildlife, and is committed to working with livestock producers to reduce conflicts with wildlife, including wolves.
Although wolves mostly prey on elk, deer, and moose, some will attack livestock or scavenge on carcasses. Many non-lethal wolf control methods have been developed to protect livestock from wolf predation and WDFW provides assistance to adapt them to individual producer situations.
Reporting suspected depredation incidents quickly to WDFW is critical for thorough investigations to determine if they are caused by wolves. When depredations are confirmed as wolf-caused, compensation for injuries or losses is available under the criteria of Compensation Rules for Depredation Incidents.
Livestock producers can work proactively with WDFW to avoid or minimize problems with wolves under Damage Prevention Cooperative Agreements.
Communication between livestock owners and WDFW is key to living with wolves on the landscape. A toll-free line for reporting problems is available year-round, seven days a week, 24 hours a day at 1-877-933-9847.