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Editorial: Washington’s wolf-management plan only a starting point

I’ve been hiking through Washington’s wilderness for 40 years, but had never heard this sound before. It was a primal moan that sent shivers down my spine: a long, low chorus of wolves.Wolves recently moved back to the Teanaway drainage, but the odds of hearing or seeing them, I thought, were small. But here they were in September, within earshot of a public campground.

Wolf sounds, depending on the listener, seem to trigger three reactions — misinterpretation, celebration or alarm. So it’s not surprising that a fierce debate rages about how Washingtonians should interact with these four-legged “immigrants.” Soon a state-appointed committee of “stakeholders” will decide…

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