By Fred Koontz

In this op-ed by former Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission member Fred Koontz, he describes the current state of the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife as a ‘political quagmire.’ This piece explores the internal struggles of the state agency and commission, often fueled by a ‘preservation-versus-harvest dichotomy’ and a 28 year old legislated mandate that needs to be revised in order to stop the rapid decline in biodiversity. “States are obligated to protect wildlife for current and future generations. The sad truth is that we are failing.”

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