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News updates on our work from the Coast to the Rockies.
We are particularly happy to see the House fund continued work towards coexistence between wolves and people, including ranchers and livestock operators. This includes $850,000 for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to continue to advance predator-livestock conflict prevention, resolution and mediation in our state, as well as $1 million to fund research from the University of Washington that will help ensure wolf management decisions are made using the best available science.
Students grades K-12 interested in entering are asked to visit the I-90 Wildlife Bridges web page, choose one or more species from a list of native Cascade Mountains wildlife, illustrate the wildlife, take a photo of their art, and post it to Instagram using the hashtag #iHearti90Wildlife.
WILD NW #243: Northwest Forest Plan revisions listening sessions
We're excited to hear that Washington's Wolves are continuing their natural recovery despite some setbacks last year.
Black bears and other wildlife in Washington need your support to stop Substitute House Bill 1838, a nasty legislative proposal that would allow any landowner to place a bait station on their property in order to attract and shoot black bears.
Conservation Northwest supports Substitute House Bill 2107 as amended on February 27th in the House Appropriations Committee, opposes Senate Bill 5583
Comments needed to support the active recovery of an endangered Northwest native
On Thursday, February 5th, 2015, Conservation Northwest wolf conflict specialist Jay Kehne and policy lead Paula Swedeen were at the Washington state capitol testifying on wolf bills in front of House and Senate committees.
Wolverine tracks in the upper Cle Elum River drainage come on the heels of wolverine photos captured last month by Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest biologist Aja Woodrow at remote camera locations further north in the Cle Elum River watershed and also nearby in the Teanaway River drainage, locations northeast of where the tracks were documented last week.
This past week, the British Columbia government announced it will begin using helicopter sharpshooters to remove two wolf packs in southeast BC to protect endangered mountain caribou (also called woodland caribou). We generally do not support predator controls as a management tool except in rare and extreme cases.