Wolves in spotlight at free OPAS presentation on Sept. 16

The statewide WDFW wolf coordinator provides the history and background about wolves on Sept. 16.

Julia Smith, the statewide wolf coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, leads a free online presentation about wolf biology, conservation and management on Sept. 16. Submitted photo

Julia Smith, the statewide wolf coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, leads a free online presentation about wolf biology, conservation and management on Sept. 16. Submitted photo

Julia Smith, the statewide wolf coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, provides the history and background about wolves in Washington state, including the Olympic Peninsula, during a free Zoom presentation set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Hosted by the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, Smith’s presentation — “Wolf Recovery in Washington State: A Conservation Success Story” — includes information about wolf biology and natural history, details information about state conservation and management of wolves, and offers resources for coexisting with wolves.

Register for the “Wolf Recovery in Washington State: A Conservation Success Story” virtual meeting at OlympicPeninsulaAudubon.org; click on “Events.” Read the additional information in a confirmation email for accessing the Zoom presentation.

Since 2008, Washington state’s wolf population has grown by an average of 28 percent per year and has continued to increase for an eleventh consecutive year. Smith is leading the process to develop a new wolf plan, a document that seeks to guide long-term wolf conservation and management once the population is recovered.

As a wolf biologist, Smith has worked on wolf recovery in multiple states for more than seven years. Her previous position was in Arizona as Field Supervisor for the Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team.

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