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Latest press on Washington's wolves and a state wolf plan
Wolf bills prowling through state Legislature
Mitch Friedman, Conservation Northwest’s executive director, said his group initially opposed Kretz’s bill that calls for reopening the states’ wolf recovery plan, because they believe that plan is solid. But, he said, the House agreed to some changes in the bill which enabled them to support it. “It’s not perfect. Nobody got everything they wanted, but there’s something in it for everybody,” he said.
WDFW wolf managers reported today that Washington’s population of the predators grew by 30 percent over the previous year, and includes four new packs, two of which were just announced.
Mar 09, 2015: Washington's wolf population grew in 2014
We're excited to hear that Washington's Wolves are continuing their natural recovery despite some setbacks last year.
Passage out of the Senate means SB 5960 will now go to the House, where companion bill HB 2107 does have the support of Conservation Northwest of Bellingham, which termed it “much improved” from the legislation originally introduced by Reps. Kretz, Blake, Short, Dent, and Schmick.
Mar 03, 2015: Statement on revised wolf-related legislation in Washington
Conservation Northwest supports Substitute House Bill 2107 as amended on February 27th in the House Appropriations Committee, opposes Senate Bill 5583
Legislation pending that could alter state’s wolf management efforts | 2015 Session
OLYMPIA — As Washington’s gray wolf population continues to grow, so do concerns from those living in the areas of the state most affected by their return.
Feb 11, 2015: Update on Proposed Washington Wolf Legislation
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.
Out & About: Panel brings 6 perspectives on wolf revival
OUTBACK – Hunter, biologist, conservationist, cattleman, philosopher, ethicist – these six perspectives will take on the topic of gray wolf reintroduction during a special panel discussion, 7 p.m. Thursday at Gonzaga University’s Jepson Center, Wolff Auditorium, 502 E. Boone Ave.
Kretz legislation proposes relocating wolves
But seven years is too long a wait for state Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, whose Northeast Washington legislative district is currently home to 11 of the state’s 14 wolf packs, as well as cattle ranchers and sheep herders.
State’s wolf population rising
In 2008 a Conservation Northwest volunteer captured the first images of wolves born in the state since the early 1900s. Since then their numbers have more than quintupled. And this is just the start.
Spokane group uses billboards to take stand on wolves
Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest, an organization that supports wolves, said WARAW is not trying to demonstrate that they are thoughtful people.
State works to find balance between wolves, livestock
Extra supervision seems to be working, since none of the six ranchers he worked with this year had animals killed by wolves. But it doesn’t come cheap — Kahne estimated about $20,000 for the summer grazing season. Despite the financial assistance available from state programs and the conservation group, some are still reluctant to change their practices, Kahne said.
Reward Increased to $20,000 in Killing of Endangered Wolf in Washington
Conservation groups are now offering up to a $20,000 reward for information leading to conviction of those responsible for the illegal killing of the breeding female wolf of the Teanaway pack in Washington’s Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
Range-riding wolf patrol shows signs of success in Twisp
TWISP, Wash. — In a place where wolf recovery is about as divisive as politics or religion, one program is cutting through the controversy.
Range riders help protect against wolves
For the last three summers, a pilot program has put patrols on the range to keep tabs on where the wolves are, and to check up on livestock that could be nearby.
Dec 18, 2014: Ranchers in wolf country finding continued success with range riding
Six Washington ranchers involved in a Conservation Northwest program to prevent conflicts between wolves and livestock using range riders lost no sheep or cows to predators during the 2014 season, despite grazing their herds in the territory of confirmed wolf packs.
How Killing Wolves Might Be Leading To More Livestock Attacks
A spokesman for Conservation Northwest, said the advocacy group has worked with ranchers and range riders in Eastern Washington for three years to prevent wolf attacks. Gunnell said this study may change people's assumptions about wolf management. "It really underscores the need to prevent conflict between wolves and livestock in the first place," Gunnell said.
Wolf kills increase livestock deaths, WSU study says
Mitch Friedman is the executive director of Conservation Northwest, which helps pay for range riders and other nonlethal deterrents to protect livestock from wolves. The research “should cause us to double down on conflict avoidance,” Friedman said. “Wolves are complicated; nature is complicated. With each thing we learn, we recognize mistakes that we’ve made.”
Washington State Study Faults Efforts at Wolf Management
“We think Washington has the best wolf management plan in the West,” said Mitch Friedman, the executive director of Conservation Northwest, a nonprofit group based in Bellingham, Wash. And Professor Wielgus’s research, Mr. Friedman said, reinforces the idea that thinking differently is good not just for wolves, but for ranchers and residents as well.
Dec 03, 2014: Wolf Science Panel at the University of Washington
As wolves continue to recover in the Pacific Northwest, and as state agencies move towards the management phases of wolf recovery, Conservation Northwest, along with the Pacific Wolf Coalition and the University of Washington, recently had the opportunity to bring together some of North America's leading wolf experts to discuss ways to recover and manage gray wolves using the best available science, as well as experience from other states.
Conservation Groups Offer $15,000 Reward After Endangered Wolf Killed in Washington
Conservation Groups Offer $15,000 Reward After Endangered Wolf Killed in Washington. Teanaway wolf shot was the pack's breeding female.
Oct 31, 2014: USFWS Investigating Dead Wolf in the Teanaway
A mature female wolf was found dead this week within the territory of the Teanaway Pack northeast of Cle Elum. Because wolves remain federally listed as Endangered in Washington’s Cascades, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents are investigating the incident.
Oct 22, 2014: Alleged Wolf Poaching in Whitman County
Based on the information currently available, we believe this to be a flagrant violation of state law that warrants appropriately severe penalties if the offender is found guilty.
Oct 09, 2014: Speak up for Washington’s Wolves in Lynnwood on Oct. 14
This coming Tuesday, October 14th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. WDFW will host a public meeting on wolf management in Room 1EF of the Lynnwood Convention Center.
Wolves and ranches can coexist
The goal for all of us is to find ways to coexist, so we can have healthy wolves and wild ecosystems right along with successful ranches and healthy agricultural production. That goal is achievable in our region, but will take people working diligently together to see it realized. Conservation Northwest wants to help.
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