Washington state Rep. Kristine Lytton, D-Anacortes, played a key role in settling years of conflict by helping to craft a resolution ensuring ranchers will be reimbursed for livestock losses and that avoids pushing the state's grey wolf population back toward extinction.
Her efforts did not go by unnoticed.
The 40th District legislator, whose represents all of San Juan and portions of Skagit and Whatcom counties, was named “Legislator of the Year” by the U.S. Humane Society for brokering that resolution. She shares the award with state Sen. Christine Rolfes of Bainbridge Island.
"This was quite a challenge," said Lytton, vice-chairwoman of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. “On the one hand, a healthy ranching industry is one of the keys to Washington’s economy. And on the other is the legitimate belief that predators, as frightening as they may be, are a necessary part of our western ecosystem. Time will tell, but it looks like we're on the right track, and I'm honored that the U.S. Humane Society has chosen to recognize our efforts."
In addition to agriculture and natural resources, Lytton serves on the appropriations, education, finance and rules committees, and is deputy majority-floor leader of the state House of Representatives.