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The state has passed legislation funding proven methods including range riding to reduce conflicts with large carnivores. Funds will come from $10 added to the cost of a Washington vanity license plate. The change is expected to raise more than $1 million/year without raising taxes.
In their recently released annual survey, WDFW confirmed the presence of at least 24 new wolves in Washington, bringing the tally of wolves to 51. This estimate could be doubled again if unconfirmed estimates are included.
Oct 5 - Wolves were the main focus of a meeting of Washington's Fish and Wildlife Commission, and nearly 100 people showed up to comment for continued recovery of wolves in Washington.
Sept 15 - Will Cascades wolves retain federal endangered species act protections? The US Fish and Wildlife Service is currently deciding, and Conservation Northwest and others called on President Barack Obama to maintain Endangered Species Act protection for wolves in the Pacific Northwest.
Three members of the White family of Twisp, WA, have been sentenced for their criminal roles in the poaching of members of the Cascade's Lookout wolf pack. The illegal killings reduced the pack to its present status of just two or three wolves, and the pack has not produced pups since.
July 5 - Millions of people are expected to watch a captivating special on Northwest wolves airing Saturday, July 7 (8 pm, times may vary), on the Discovery Channel.
Jan 15 - The job of a commissioner is to look at the best science possible and make good decisions for wildlife, says Jay Kehne, who lives in Omak and works part-time for Conservation Northwest.
Dec 3 - Spurred along by the natural local return of wolves, years of science-based collaborative work, and support from thousands of residents, the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission votes to approve a wolf recovery plan.
Conservation Northwest is proud to announce closing on a conservation easement on the 504-acre Dawson Ranch near Colville, WA. This easement enables the Dawsons to commit their ranch permanently to open space and wildlife habitat while staying in operation.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today confirmed the Smackout Pack, another new wolf pack in Washington, this time in northeast Stevens County. They also announced that the adult female of the new Teanaway Pack is likely a descendant of the Lookout Pack, farther north in the Cascades.