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Fish and Wildlife discusses new wolf plan in Ellensburg

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ELLENSBURG, Wash.-- Washington's Fish and Wildlife Commission wants to get wolves off the endangered species list. They held a meeting in Ellensburg on Monday to talk with the public about their new plan.

It involves letting 15 pairs of breeding wolves come naturally into the state. The commission thinks it will take about three years for the wolves to come off the endangered list.

The Ellensburg meeting is the second of a series across the state to hear suggestions and concerns about their plan. The commission says the increase in wolves shouldn't be a problem, but some ranchers aren't so sure.

"The expectation is up until the time which they are de listed there will be a manageable number of wolves," says Miranda Wecker, Chair of the Fish and Wildlife Commission.

"I think it's gonna impact me financially and I don't believe I will be compensated fairly," says Kittitas Valley Cattle Rancher Sam Kayser.

Wecker says the commission is working on a plan for compensation, but she didn't give any further details.

The commission hopes to finally approve the plan on December second or third.

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