The legislation was requested by the state Fish and Wildlife Department to reimburse farmers and ranchers who lose animals to the recovering wolf population.
State wildlife managers say the wolf population doubled in Washington last year and they now estimate there are 50 to 100 gray wolves in at least 10 packs. Most of the wolves are in the northeast corner of the state in Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties.
More Northwest Headlines
1 dead, 2 injured in drive-by shooting in Federal Way 8:09 a.m. Yakima youngsters mix Legos, science education Activists rappel off Oregon bridge to stop Shell icebreaker Stanwood man pleads guilty to stealing from Swinomish tribe Death penalty dropped from Carnation killings trial Poll: Just 30 percent inclined to re-elect Gov. Inslee GOP lawmakers want Washington to look at Planned Parenthood Salvation Army sets up charging ports for Portland homeless
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.