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Latest press on Washington's wolves and a state wolf plan
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: Statement on the Wedge Wolf Pack, 2012
“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.
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.
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."
From Wolf Kill To Wolves Killed? WDFW on KUOW radio
Will More Wolves Be Killed In Northeast Washington? Join The Conversation as Ross Reynolds includes comments from Conservation Northwest's Mitch Friedman and talks to game manager Dave Ware with the WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Oregon and Washington want to handle wolves on their own
The issue is whether the wolves in the Northwest amount to a distinct population that needs protection, whether by geography, genetics or behavior.
The Daily Howler: Aug 23 Edition
Washington has joined the bruised club of states in the Northern Rockies trying to ensure wolves get continued recognition as an endangered species, while protecting livestock and game herds, and maintaining the social tolerance for wolves as they spread.
Wolf Advocates Trying To Stop WDFW’s Wedge Hunt, Not Getting Anywhere At The Moment
Said Conservation Northwest's executive director Mitch Friedman, "The solution is for the effort to be put into quality stewardship practices that have proven to reduce predator conflict.” Elsewhere in the state, WDFW has been texting GPS coordinates on two wolves to a range rider at Smackout Pass. The agency and CNW are splitting the bill on the rider's services.
In brief: Officials plan to cull up to 3 more wolves
“Our officers will try to put a radio collar on at least one more wolf in the pack for monitoring,”said WDFW spokeswoman Madonna Luers. “Then the intent is to lethally remove up to three more wolves to disrupt the pack and reduce its need to feed so many mouths.”
Another confirmed wolf-calf attack in Wedge has WDFW planning bigger capture operation, possibly killing more wolves
"It's not definite we would shoot another wolf, but it's possible," says WDFW spokeswoman Madonna Luers. "The No. 1 goal: We want more radios out there."
EarthFix Conversations: Why Washington Officials Killed An Endangered Wolf
Read more about the reasons behind WDFW enacting the lethal removal of a female wolf from the Wedge pack from EarthFix's interview with Nate Pamplin, assistant director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Service.
Twenty-four conservation groups call on President Obama to keep protections for wolves in the Pacific Northwest
Conservation groups sent a letter to President Obama today asking for continued Endangered Species Act protection for wolves in the Pacific Northwest. The groups included Conservation Northwest.
Official kills wolf associated with attacks on cattle
A wolf was killed Tuesday after repeatedly preying on livestock in Stevens County, state officials said. The Department of Fish and Wildlife decided to take lethal action after determining that removing the non-breeding female wolf would not harm wolf recovery efforts.
Conservation Northwest on lethal removal of Wedge Pack wolf
Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest, said, “The killing of problem wolves will be part of life in Washington from here out. But it’s unclear in this case whether the right livestock stewardship steps have first been tried to reduce conflict potential. If we expect wolves to behave, ranchers need to meet them half way.”
Agency considers wolf action
“This latest attack is a continuation of a pattern of wolf-livestock problems in the wedge,” said Madonna Luers, WDFW's spokeswoman in Spokane. “The wolf plan allows several possible responses, including lethal removal, in cases of repeated depredation after other methods have been tried.”
After another wolf attack in wedge, WDFW considers lethal removal, other options
Washington wolf managers may soon go on the state's first hunt in over 80 years. Wolf advocates will watch things closely. Some support elements of the plan like lethal removal -- as long as they believe preventative measures have been taken.
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