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Latest press on Washington's wolves and a state wolf plan
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."
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.”
Aug 07, 2012: Wedge Pack wolf killed
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced that its agents killed a female wolf from the Wedge Pack, located near the Canadian border in Stevens County in northeast Washington.
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.
Wolf numbers on the rise in Washington
This week's wolf capture in Stevens County brings the total number of gray wolf packs in Washington to eight, and biologists suspect a few more packs are out there.
East Side shoulders weight of Washington wolf recovery
ENDANGERED SPECIES — Today's Outdoors column rounding up the recently elevated profile of gray wolves in Washington ends with a hint to another irony of Washington's East-West dichotomy.
White Poaching Cases Wrap Up In State Court
“This whole thing has been really trying on our family. ... I want to be done with this and get on with our lives,” Tom White said. “I understand the laws we broke and what we did wrong.”
Mitch Friedman on KUOW on wolves returning to the Northwest
Conservation Northwest's executive director, Mitch Friedman on KUOW with Steve Scher, discussing the comeback of gray wolves to Washington after a 70-year absence, why wolves are suddenly growing in numbers, and whether delisting them from the endangered species list could be in their future.
Wolf issues come home to Washington
Gray wolves are commanding more attention from courtrooms to cattle ranches as they set up housekeeping in Washington.
Paul Bannick on KUOW for his International Conservation Photography wildlife award
Conservation NW's director of development, Paul Bannick on KUOW with Steve Scher, talking about winning the International Conservation Photography award with his wildlife photography. He also speaks to resilient and connected landscapes. "We’ve seen wolves returning; we’re finding wolverines in new places," Paul said. "So even though there are pieces being bitten away, these animals remind us of the success we’ve had because now the Cascades are wilder than they have ever been and it’s thanks to the work we’ve done."
Wolf poachers get tougher sentence than plea deal
The sentence comes four years after the Lookout Pack became the first confirmed gray wolf pack in Washington state after an absence of 70 years. It also comes the week after the Discovery Channel aired “Man vs. Wolf,” a BBC documentary looking at wolf issues in the Methow Valley. Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest, said it will be a long time before the Lookout Pack comes back from the brink.
3 sentenced in wolf poaching case
Three residents of Twisp have been sentenced for violating the Endangered Species Act in a case involving the poaching of wolves. As a condition of his plea agreement, Tom D. White was required to enter a guilty plea to a state offense of hunting bear with dogs.
3 Washington residents sentenced in wolf poaching case
The case began in 2008 after a suspicious package was left with a private shipping company in Omak.
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