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Field update on the Wedge Pack

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Aug 24, 2012 04:00 PM |

Some good news from the field: No more wolves or cows in the Wedge Pack were killed this week.

Field update on the Wedge Pack

From video footage of a member of the Wedge Pack. WDFW

Some good news from the field: no more wolves or cows in the Wedge Pack were killed this week. And it looks like WDFW is holding off from any more wolf hunting over the weekend, so we're hoping that gives us enough space for a deep breath and some better solutions to this difficult situation come Monday.

 A dead pup was found however, and thought to have died of natural causes based on necropsy results so far. Biologists aren't sure how many animals are left in the Wedge pack, but its looking like a smaller number than previously thought. Which raises the question that if WDFW has authorized up to four wolves to be killed from this pack, are there even four left?

 Meanwhile, a big thanks to those of you who have taken the time to call the governor and express your concerns. Have a great weekend.

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wolves

Posted by Kim at Aug 25, 2012 06:28 PM
I contacted Dennis Bounds of King 5 about this story and why it has not been in the local news. He contacted me back saying there will be a report on this subject next week by Gary the environmental reporter. This is what I was told by King 5: "Gary is doing a story next week. He says under federal and state guidelines, to thin out the pack they can kill four adults. One has been killed, three more adults (other than the collared male and the alpha female - the breeder) can be killed. Officials say they are not killing the pack, but thinning it."


Wolf Removal

Posted by John at Aug 25, 2012 09:59 PM
Would Conservation NW be willing to put up all the funds necessary to compensate the ranchers for their animal losses as well as the additional funds spent for guarding their herds and other associated costs? It seems to me that total compensation to them would remove any reasons the WDFW could use to remove any additional wolves.

RE: Wolf Removal

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Aug 25, 2012 10:12 PM
Hi John,

The state already has funds available for compensation and non-lethal tools, range riders, etc. but the rancher has refused any compensation or any assistance. We are working with another rancher in the same region and sharing costs of a range rider to help reduce impacts to their cattle operation. And so far it seems to be working well.

Wedge Pack

Posted by Watcher at Aug 30, 2012 11:02 AM
Surely you people knew WDFW were out there killing the pack on Saturday. WE SAW the WDFW plane and heard the firing. Since One of your own work for WDFW there is no way you could not have known. Guess a lot more people than just the media want to sweep this under the rug.

Wolf Thinning

Posted by Really at Aug 31, 2012 09:20 AM
You are complaining about thinning an animal that kills for fun. They do not eat all their prey. They will chase deer, elk and cows until they collapse. Then kill them and walk away.

What good is that?

If you could actually get your butt off your chair and out of Seattle you may learn something.

It was a huge mistake to let you liberal city dwellers have so much say in something you have no clue about.

Our only hope is one of you "lovers" have a close encounter and then you can let us know what you think is so great about them. Maybe your dog goes missing.....

Save the trees and stop complaining about things you have no clue about.

You should manage a herd for a few years and see what it takes to do so. Then you may appreciate why introducing an apex predator that goes unchecked and is not comtrolled is a bad idea.


Ranchers

Posted by Guy at Sep 09, 2012 02:12 PM
It was your choice to become a rancher. you already new ranching where wildlife is present that you could loose some cattle. obviously it was worth the risk, so live with it.

Wolf thinning (?)

Posted by Brad at Aug 30, 2012 11:03 AM
Sounds like the state is removing most all members of the wedge pack, not thinning but killing most of them. It also sounds like the ranchers in question have little incentive to keep cattle and sheep separate to discourage the wolves. Was not that part of the agreed upon plan ???? You can not have it all ways and expect the wolves to survive. I think the wolves should get a medal for surviving the on-slot and the attempt of recovery in our state. A Ranger

wolves

Posted by joe at Aug 30, 2012 11:45 AM
Have any of you guys even visited the are where these wolves are living? Have you actually stepped out of your apartment studio in Seattle, or walked further than the local Starbucks on the corner? It's easy to sit around and guess what is going on, but knowing and guessing are at completely different ends of the spectrum. Perhaps an attempt to at least get to the middle is warranted.

Re: wolves

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Aug 30, 2012 06:14 PM
Hi Joe, we are very familiar with The Wedge. We have been working on collaborative forestry projects in the area for quite some time. Several of our staff members have spent much time exploring that area. And one of our staff members lives there.

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