Want to have a direct say on wolf management in Washington? The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking candidates to serve for the next three years (2019-2021) on the citizen committee that advises the department on wolf recovery and management.
The department formed the Wolf Advisory Group (WAG) in 2013 with nine members, representing the interests of environmentalists, hunters and livestock ranchers. In 2015, WDFW increased the group’s size to 18 members to better reflect the diversity of perspectives on wolf conservation and management.
There is currently one vacancy on WAG and the other 17 members serve staggered terms, some of which will expire at the end of the year. Those members can reapply if they wish to be considered for an additional term.
WDFW Director Kelly Susewind will appoint members to the group from the applications and nominations the department receives to fill positions that become vacant within the next year.
“This advisory group has been extremely helpful in advising the department on the challenging issue of recovering and managing gray wolves in our state,” Susewind said. “We are looking for candidates who can work cooperatively with others to develop management recommendations that reflect a diversity of perspectives.”
Find more information, including how to apply, here.
(Photo source: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)