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Range riders bring results

Range riders bring results

We left you hanging in the fall 2012 newsletter: “The real proof of whether our pilot range rider program can help ranchers in Washington won’t be known until the cows came home later this fall.” Well, they've returned home, and on a positive note. During last year's grazing season, we partnered with the Washington Department of Fish Wildlife to fund a range rider - the first in Washington - at the Dawson Ranch in northeast Washington. Range riding is an effective on-the-ground conflict avoidance solution for wolves and people.

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Wolf funding eases conflict

Wolf funding eases conflict

Last week was unusually eventful for wolves, bringing funding for essential non-lethal work and two other changes affecting wolf recovery. Over the weekend, the legislature passed SB 5193, which creates a vital, secure source of funds to pay for non-lethal measures to help prevent conflicts between wolves and livestock in the first place. That bill also includes provisions to help fund compensation to livestock owners for confirmed losses.

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Cascade wolves to lose federal protection?

Cascade wolves to lose federal protection?

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Apr 26, 2013 05:40 PM |
Filed under: Washington's wolves

The news broke this week that the US Fish and Wildlife Service is considering eliminating protections for most wolves across the lower 48 states. Conservation Northwest supports protecting wolves in the conterminous US under the Endangered Species Act until they have fully recovered, especially vulnerable packs such as those returning to Washington’s Cascade Mountains.

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Plan your flight, fly your plan

Plan your flight, fly your plan

Wolves are back in the lime light in Olympia where four wolf-related bills were brought before the Senate Natural Resources Committee. The message was clear: Don’t mess with the state’s Wolf Management and Conservation Plan, unanimously adopted in 2011.

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Future of pack uncertain

Future of pack uncertain

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Sep 04, 2012 02:30 PM |
Filed under: Washington's wolves

WDFW announces that it will send marksman back into the field to lethally remove up to four animals in the Wedge Pack. This time, all the field experts agree that wolves are involved in depredations. Conservation Northwest believes that the evidence is now conclusive that Wedge wolves are actively attacking livestock. Conservation Northwest urges the Department to exercise moderation and caution.

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The queen of organization

The queen of organization

As monitoring intern for Conservation Northwest, I handle what’s behind the scenes of the Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project, organizing the remote cameras and equipment going out and all the data coming back. Here’s the recipe for successful citizen science and wildlife monitoring: Start with remarkable, hard-working volunteers who know what they are doing and add a fieldwork coordinator (that would be me, Emily Chudek), who not only enjoys organizing stuff but is also really good at it. When the wildlife photos pour in, they make it worthwhile! The Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project has documented rare carnivores in the Pacific Northwest, including the first photos of Washington’s Cascades wolves, the Lookout and Teanaway packs. Together, monitoring volunteers are making our state a better place for wildlife.

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Moment of discovery

Moment of discovery

Screening of the Discovery Channel film on Cascades wolves was a moment of discovery for many. Wolves are on the return to the Pacific Northwest after nearly a century's absence. As of early July, Washington State has seven confirmed packs – two more since the film, Man vs. Wolf, was made. Here's some of what I heard after the showing: "Loved it and so did my 7-year-old daughter who watched the entire show. Afterwards she declared that wolves moved from #16 to #2 on her favorite animal list (giraffes have a lock on #1). When I asked why the change of heart, she replied, 'because wolves don't scare me anymore, they're beautiful!' Sure hope she isn't the only one who got the message."

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The canine connection

The canine connection

Posted by mmillay at Jul 06, 2012 03:15 PM |

There's a buzz of excitement for wolves as millions of viewers anticipate Man vs. Wolf on the Discovery Channel on July 7th, a film showcasing the wolf’s remarkable recovery in Washington’s Cascades. Jasmine Minbashian, Conservation Northwest staffer and one of three main stars in the new documentary, was pregnant with her daughter Hana at the time of filming. It was her love for all creatures canine that took Jasmine into the Cascade Mountains in search of wolves, when most pregnant mothers would curl up deeper under the covers! When asked to be in the film, her passion for wolves won out. “It’s clear to me that there is a powerful and long history between humans and wolves,” Jasmine said of the feedback she has received since the earlier BBC showing of the film in Europe and the UK. “Some people love wolves and others fear them. But most of the feedback I have received have been very positive.”

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Man vs. Wolf special

Man vs. Wolf special

Posted by Erin Moore at Jul 02, 2012 05:05 PM |

Northwest wolves - and an expedition crew - star in a Discovery Channel special airing 8 pm, Sat July 7. Conservation Northwest’s Jasmine Minbashian is one of the new documentary's three central characters during an 8-week-long wintertime expedition to uncover the fate of Washington's wolves. "The film follows an expedition team that sets out into the Cascades to document what’s happening with the Lookout Pack," she says, "the first wolf pack to return to the Cascades in 70 years." Certainly, there's a lot more "us" than "vs" in this enthralling new wolf documentary.

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The howl heard across the world

The howl heard across the world

[video] Dogs also enjoy watching the film about the return of wolves to the Cascade Mountains! We're all getting pretty excited here for the premiere of the film chronicling the return of wolves to the Cascade Mountains. It airs July 7th on the Discovery Channel (check local listings for times).

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