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Latest press on Washington's wolves and a state wolf plan
Commentary: Wolves at the gate
Wolf Kills Create Blowback For State, Conservation Group
“It's still a really difficult decision. It's not something that has come easy. So I understand – I understand the anger and the questions and how people are feeling,” said Conservation Northwest's Jasmine Minbashian.
The Daily Howler, 9-25-2012 Edition
Conservation Northwest, among the lead wolf advocacy groups in Washington, is trying to explain to its supporters why it believes the pack needs to be taken out, "among the toughest calls" they've had to make, while insisting that steps be taken so we don't end up with the same problem with Wedge Pack 2.o.
WDFW Kills Two Wedge Wolves
“We are committed to the recovery and sustainability of the gray wolf in Washington, and its numbers are increasing rapidly, but recovery won’t succeed if ranchers’ livelihoods are threatened by persistent wolf attacks on livestock,”said Fish and Wildlife Director Phil Anderson.
Two wolves from Washington state gray wolf pack killed for preying on cattle
Director Mitch Friedman told NBC station KING 5 that rancher Bill McIrvine, who lost part of his herd to the pack, "has total responsibility for the problem" for not being as cooperative as other ranchers with programs aimed at keeping cattle and wolves apart.
Bill McIrvine, Rancher Blamed For Wolf Pack Death, Cites 'Radical Environmental Agenda' For Losses
But Mitch Friedman, a spokesman for the organization, told KING that McIrvine "has total responsibility for the problem," saying McIrvine refused to participate in non-lethal control measures that other area ranchers agreed to, including a range riding program that other ranchers support.
Washington wolf pack targeted for elimination
Jay Kehne with Conservation Norhwest, says eradicating one wolf pack does nothing. “If the Wedge Pack goes, I have a firm belief that they’ll fill back in─ wolves will do that─ and to just kill the wolves off over and over and over again gets to be a fruitless experience and discouraging because you’ll continue to lose your animals.”
Hitting ‘Reset’ In The Wedge
Yesterday's news that the state will now attempt to eliminate the Wedge Pack, broken by Northwest Sportsman, set off the proverbial firestorm on our blog. Visitors from as far away as the East Coast and Europe responded to our just-the-facts story with passion... Wolf recolonization has to work for everybody, and in the case of the Wedge, things need to be "reset" for Take 2.
Wash. to kill pack of at least 8 gray wolves
"There has to be a commitment on the part of all sides to allow wolves to occupy the landscape while protecting the rancher's livelihood and maintain their ability to raise cattle," Mitch Friedman said.
WDFW Plans to Eliminate Wolf Pack to End Attacks
"There has to be a commitment on the part of all sides to allow wolves to occupy the landscape while protecting the rancher's livelihood and maintain their ability to raise cattle," said Mitch Friedman, Conservation Northwest's Executive Director.
Statement on Wedge Pack wolf management actions
A statement on the Wedge Pack: Wolf managers have long recognized that the only way healthy populations of wolves will be sustained is if the problems they cause locally are addressed quickly and effectively. In situations like the one involving the Wedge Pack, experts from across the West agree: Eliminating the pack will help to reset the stage for wolves that are not habituated to livestock to establish themselves in that area.
Recently discovered Wash. wolf pack to be killed
"There has to be a commitment on the part of all sides to allow wolves to occupy the landscape while protecting the rancher's livelihood and maintain their ability to raise cattle," he said. Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest said that he understands and agrees that pack removal is the right action at this time, despite his difficulty accepting the decision. But he also said he hopes the department and ranchers will work together to avoid a repeat of this situation.
Sep 20, 2012: It's come to this
“We have been strong advocates for exhausting all non-lethal means possible to avoid this situation and are extremely disappointed that it has come to this,” Mitch Friedman, Conservation Northwest.
Sep 15, 2012: Uniquely Pacific Northwest wolves
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.
Guest opinion: Give state’s wolf plan a chance
In this guest editorial, the author notes: "Good wildlife management has never come from the barrel of a gun. Biologist Aldo Leopold made that clear in his 1949 book 'Sand County Almanac.' Good management requires the diligence of science."
Colville Tribes Collar 104-pound Wolf, 3rd Captured On Reservation
“The whole experience has been incredible for me,” said wildlife tech Donovan Antoine. “I’ll view being a part of wolf recovery on the Reservation as one of the pinnacles of my career."
Wolves in the wild: Room for livestock, too?
Len McIrvin, one of the owners of Diamond M Ranch, says, “Wolves have never been compatible with raising livestock.” But turn McIrvin’s statement around: Raising livestock has never been compatible with wolves. That prompts other questions. Should protection of livestock take precedent over protection of natural wildlife?
Wolves' return displeases some hunters, farmers
"Having wolves will make a positive difference for everything, from healthier game populations to a better salmon habitat," said Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest in Bellingham.
Colville Tribe documents Washington’s 9th wolf pack
Washington’s ninth wolf pack was confirmed Sunday on the Colville Reservation as the tribe's wildlife personnel trapped and released a 104-pound gray wolf. The new group of gray wolves has been called the Strawberries Pack.
Wedge: Looking For Solutions To ‘A Substantial Problem’
"It's a big gamble on a livestock producer's part to just say, 'Leave us alone.' It creates a perception that they are bullies and makes more people angry over public-land grazing," says Carter Niemeyer, renowned wolf trapper and depredation investigator.
Fight over wild wolves reignited by plan to kill as many as 4
"I'd love for wolves not to be a pawn in a culture war," Friedman said. "Periodically, we're going to need to remove wolves. They're fecund — there's going to be a lot of them. At some point there should probably be a hunting season of some sort. On the other hand, I know ranchers who say, 'They're not going to go away, so we have to figure out how to live with them.' I would love to see more of that attitude from this particular rancher."
The Daily Howler, 9-5-2012 Edition
The Northwest Sportsman magazine's editor highlights recent clips and tips on the issues surrounding Washington's Wedge pack wolves and WDFW efforts to to manage the pack.
Wash. targeted wolf killings to begin again
Two more livestock deaths in Stevens County prompted WDFW officials to go back to their original plan of removing 4 wolves from the lookout pack after they gave the wolves a reprieve over the Labor Day weekend.
Sep 04, 2012: First major test of the wolf plan
Evidence that Washington's Wedge Pack wolves were responsible for killed and injured cattle was inconclusive at first. But experts now agree that some members of the pack are involved, triggering depredation responses as outlined in the 2011 wolf plan.
Wedge Wolf Hunt To Resume
At least one organization that had urged its members to call the governor to stop the hunt now stands by WDFW's evidence. "This time, all the field experts, including Carter Niemeyer, agree that wolves are involved. Conservation Northwest believes that the evidence is now conclusive that Wedge wolves are actively attacking livestock," the Bellingham-based organization posted on its Facebook page on Labor Day. "We accept that under the Wolf Recovery and Management Plan, these incident trigger management responses, including lethal removal, but we call for moderation and incremental action by the state and more effort by the rancher, in hopes that a solution can be found that abates the attacks while preserving the existence of this pack."
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