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Wolf bill weakens plan

Wolf bill weakens plan

Posted by bchristensen at Mar 21, 2013 12:36 AM |

This month, Washington State legislators are considering several bills regarding wolf recovery in Washington. On Wednesday, Jasmine Minbashian testified before the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee against a bill that would drop the permit requirements for killing a wolf "caught in the act." Click through for her testimony, King 5 coverage, and a take action link.

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Three things for our new life with wolves

Three things for our new life with wolves

Mitch Friedman attended Washington State's Senate Natural Resources and Park Committee today, regarding several wolf bills. He recommends three things for Washington to move successfully forward into life with wolves.

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A challenge to find solutions for wolves and people

A challenge to find solutions for wolves and people

Recently Jay Kehne, Conservation Northwest's Okanogan County conservation associate, joined WDFW staff in Montana on a visit to the Blackfoot Challenge. Will Washington livestock owners step up to the challenge of living with wildlife? This trip gave one example of how it may be done.

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Field update on the Wedge Pack

Field update on the Wedge Pack

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

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Lookout wolf poaching photos released

King 5 has obtained these disturbing photos of Lookout Pack poaching, including Tom White posing with a killed wolf. You can help our anti-poaching efforts today, so that future photos of Washington's wolves are of them thriving in our shared lands.

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Gifts that keep on giving

Gifts that keep on giving

Posted by Lindsey Moyer at Nov 18, 2011 05:25 PM |

Gift a gift that promotes conservation in the Northwest - here's a quick guide to supporting wildlife & wildlife this season, including new wolf T-shirts, and more.

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What we (and you!) do for Washington's wolves

What we (and you!) do for Washington's wolves

Conservation Northwest is leading the pack for Washington's wolves, and members are a huge part of that success. From direct involvement with state policy-making to enabling thousands of citizens to help wolves; from funding poaching rewards to helping tell the story of our region's wolves on TV and in science, we are on the ground in the woods and the capitol for wolves.

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Heard at a hearing for wolves

Heard at a hearing for wolves

Posted by bchristensen at Oct 09, 2011 11:20 PM |

Last Thursday, a big group of Conservation Northwest members and friends piled in a few vans and headed to Olympia to speak up for wolves. Others got there on their own, eager to join in support of a science-based state plan. Some, like our friend Larry Whitesitt, drove all the way from near Spokane! They all had memorable things to say... will you join them?

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The majority welcomes home Washington's wolves

The majority welcomes home Washington's wolves

Posted by ssmith at Aug 22, 2011 01:50 PM |

Wolf supporters howled the loudest at the WDFW's August 4th meeting, which was held to discuss the state wolf plan. Most of Washington supports the return of wolves to our ecosystems, and the state needs to hear from you!

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Keep our wolves howling!

Keep our wolves howling!

Posted by Hilary Bland at Jul 14, 2011 08:43 PM |

When I heard the news in 2008 that there was a confirmed pack of wolves returning to Washington, I was ecstatic. I was a senior in high school at the time and planning to go to the University of Montana for wildlife biology. I also knew that it would be a long road to recovery...

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Loud and clear for wolves. Is Congress listening?

Loud and clear for wolves. Is Congress listening?

Posted by bchristensen at Apr 05, 2011 02:15 PM |

Last week, 1,300 scientists with expertise in biology, ecology and more wrote Congress asking them to leave politics out of Endangered Species Act decisions, especially the precedent-setting wolf delisting riders in this month's must-pass budget.  Their letter urged senators to block any legislation that would compromise the scientific foundation of the law.

And this week, we joined a dozen conservation groups to again urge Congress abandon the delisting rider, especially given the recent agreement struck regarding wolves' protection in states across the west. This agreement would retain full protections for the nascent populations in Washington and Oregon.

It sounds like the message is loud and clear for letting the country's best wildlife law do its work and for not politicizing the scientific process, but is Congress listening? 

The Senate is now considering its version of the House’s Continuing Resolution for Fiscal Year 2011 (H.R. 1), which includes language that would take the gray wolf off the endangered species list. The lone rider on the Senate version contains similar language.

You can make sure the folks in the other Washington are paying attention by contacting your Senator today. A phone call is best in this fast-paced budget cycle. Congressional contact information is available   Please urge them to drop the wolf delisting riders from the Continuing Resolution budget and to protect the Endangered Species Act.

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Another wolf poaching in Washington

Another wolf poaching in Washington

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Feb 17, 2011 04:20 PM |
Filed under: wolf North Cascades

I’m sad beyond words, and enraged beyond sadness.

The Methow Valley News has reported that as of yesterday as many as four wolves in the Lookout Pack have now been poached. The most recent poaching is a skinned, dead wolf discovered off Highway 20. Though genetic testing has not yet been conducted to determine if the wolf was a member of the pack, the proximity makes it seem likely.

The Methow Valley News has also reported that investigators believe that the White family allegedly killed at least two Lookout wolves. This is the family that has been under investigation (but not yet indicted) for trying to ship a bleeding box containing a wolf pelt from the FedEx counter in the Omak Walmart.

The investigation discovered evidence that the Whites had poached additional animals, including illegally using hounds to hunt a bear and shooting a trophy deer out of season.

Lastly, the Lookout Pack’s alpha female has disappeared, along with her radio collar, under suspicious circumstances early last summer.

Washington's Lookout Pack was believed to have been as large as ten animals at one point. They were about that numerous when my daughters and I heard them howling in the Twisp River Valley in June 2009. Today there are but two, maybe three, Lookout Pack wolves remaining. No one has yet been charged with any of these poachings.

What century is this anyhow?!

Donate now to help Washington's wolves recover and thrive.

 

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