Animal Protection Group Fails to get Injunction to Stop WDFW From Lethally Removing Wolves


The Blue Mountain Eagle (OR)

Aug 5, 2019


SEATTLE, WA - A King County Superior Court Commissioner has denied a motion for a temporary injunction that would have prohibited the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife from executing a plan to lethally remove wolves from the Old Profanity Territory pack in Ferry County, in northeast Washington.


As a result, the department can remove wolves from the OPT pack as authorized July 31 by WDFW Director Kelly Susewind.


Although it is not currently named as a petitioner, the Maryland-based Center for a Humane Economy has taken credit for seeking the injunction, through two Seattle plaintiffs, one day after the department announced Susewind’s authorization.  On their website, the group describes themselves as "the first non-profit animal welfare organization that focuses on influencing the conduct of corporations to forge a humane economic order."


The King County Superior Court Commissioner said the petitioners had not met the criteria for temporary injunctive relief. The court will hold a preliminary injunction hearing on Aug. 16. WDFW will provide the court with a status update on any additional depredations, wolf removals, and the producer's efforts to deter livestock depredations before the hearing.


Susewind authorized removal of wolves from the pack after WDFW staff documented the pack’s involvement in 27 confirmed livestock depredations...