Thursday, December 14, 2017
Poaching of any animal is unacceptable, poaching of an animal protected under state endangered species law is an egregious act and should be punished to the full extent of the law. Poaching is stealing from the people. Our wildlife and wildlands are held in public trust, they belong to us all. Penalties for illegally killing a state endangered species, a misdemeanor, range up to $5,000 and/or one year in jail. Intentional killing of an endangered species should be classified as a felony with strong penalties to effectively deter poaching.The Lands Council also noted that neither the poacher nor their family can benefit from the reward.
The Lands Council is working to recover a sustainable resilient wolf population in Washington. We seek collaborative partnerships with community members, especially those affected by our recovering wolf population. Wolves, as apex predators, have been shown to have a positive impact on ecosystems, balancing prey populations and helping habitat recover following years of over browsing.