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Wolves thriving in Washington, but only in the east

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – Wolves are thriving in Washington, primarily on the eastern side of the Cascade Range.

That has sparked conflict because much of the support to bolster the wolf population comes from urban and liberal western Washington, but the negative impacts strike eastern Washington. One solution is for wolves to disperse across the state more quickly, wildlife officials said.

“With the densities of wolves in northeastern Washington, we would like to see the Cascades get more wolves and more wolf packs,” said Dave Ware, a wolf recovery expert with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Ware believes a few wolves have already moved into the Cascades south of Interstate 90, and even into western Washington, but haven’t been conclusively documented yet. Wolves have been spotted by people in Klickitat County, he said…

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