Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 7:02 AM
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The state Fish and Wildlife Department spent nearly $77,000 to kill seven wolves in a pack that had been preying on cattle in Stevens County in northeast Washington.
Only one wolf was killed in a 39-day ground hunt that cost nearly $55,000. The other six wolves were killed in a four-day period in September using a helicopter and a marksman that cost $22,000.
The Spokesman-Review reports (http://is.gd/1UlKN8 ) the cost was disclosed in a letter the Department of Fish and Wildlife sent to state Sen. Kevin Ranker of Orcas Island, chairman of the legislative committee overseeing the department.
Ranker has criticized the decision to kill the Wedge pack and is planning a legislative hearing next year.
Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com
Copyright 2012 The AP.
Posted By: Randy Wagner On: 11/18/2012
The State Fish and Wildlife (out of their budget) paid $77,000 to hired thugs to shoot wild animals out of helicopters. Surely Phil Anderson will easily afford that out of his yearly salary. Maybe then you will think some before you send out your hunting buddies to do your dirt work. Actually, you might be able to offset some of the sting of that bill with monies from some of the ranchers paying your way in this state.