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Latest press on Washington's wolves and a state wolf plan
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.
Jul 11, 2012: Lookout pack poachers sentenced
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.
Statement of Conservation Northwest on sentencing of Lookout Pack poachers
Bellingham - This morning, Judge Frem Nielsen, of the US District Court in Spokane, ruled on sentencing of the three members of the White family, of Twisp, for their respective roles in 2010 federal crimes related to poaching of members of the Lookout Wolf Pack and for other wildlife related crimes.
In-home detention part of White sentences
Regarding wolf poaching: "In the end if it wasn’t for some quality work from law enforcement agencies, we might not have known what happened to the Lookout Pack. Hopefully this causes pause before anybody else takes a shot,” said Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest.
Federal judge strengthens penalty against Lookout pack wolf poachers
“These were serious crimes which gravely impacted Washington’s first returning and most important wolf pack: The law enforcement community did a great service bringing these crimes to light and these crimes to justice,” said Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest, which has championed wolf recovery.
‘Man vs. Wolf’ to air on Discovery Channel
The fate of the Methow Valley’s Lookout Pack is the topic of a 90-minute documentary that aired on the Discovery Channel Saturday.
Local wolf pack coming to Discovery Channel
The Methow Valley's Lookout Pack of wolves has been documented by the BBC/Discovery Channel, in a broadcast that aired to local channels July 7.
Jul 05, 2012: In Man vs. Wolf, Northwest wolves star on Discovery Channel
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.
Colville Tribe captures, collars two gray wolves
“We’re pleased that this effort was such a success,” Colville Business Council Chairman Michael O. Finley said. “It will provide our Fish and Wildlife Department with very useful information about wolves in our homeland."
BBC film on Lookout Pack airs Saturday
“I had to pinch myself when we saw the alpha male and younger animal on a ridge. It was surreal seeing wolves in the Methow Valley. The alpha male was giving a long low howl for almost 20 minutes. I speculated that the howl is because it’s breeding season and he can’t find his mate,” Minbashian said in a recent interview.
“Man vs. Wolf” investigates wolf pack sightings in the Pacific Northwest
Are wolves back in the Pacific Northwest to stay? How did they make their way into the Washington Cascades? Team leader Jasmine Minbashian, wolf tracker Isaac Babcock and wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan spend eight weeks in the Cascade Mountains to not only confirm the existence of the Lookout wolf pack, but document their presence on camera.
Trapper will try to catch wolves suspected in Carlton-area calf attack
The wolves in the Methow Valley are to be tracked and collared. The wolves will be monitored by wildlife officials in an attempt to prevent future troubles between wolves and ranchers.
Carlton rancher to get first wolf-kill compensation
Methow Valley rancher will be the first to be compensated up to $1,500 under the new Washington wolf plan.
'Probable' Wolf Predation Case In Washington
The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife hopes to collar two wolves from the Lookout pack. The Lookout Pack is suspected of cattle predation.
WA: wolves likely caused fatal calf injuries
State Fish & Wildlife officials are uncertain whether a wolf was the cause of death of a calf in the Methow Valley.
Wolf poacher gets a legal pass on doing time
Conservation Northwest - which has been working for years to restore wolves in Washington and has joined forces with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to expand an enforcement reward fund that offers up to $7,500 for information that leads to the conviction of anyone who has killed a gray wolf and up to $5,000 if the poaching victim is a grizzly bear, wolverine, lynx, or fisher.
My turn: more than a few words about wolves
In an opinion piece, Methow Valley resident Eric Burr suggests resources for educating oneself about wolves, including reading "Wolfer: A Memoir" and watching the film, "Land of the Lost Wolves."
State helps protect livestock from wolves
Conservation Northwest held a workshop the same day in Colville for ranchers to listen to a rancher from Blackfoot, Mont., and a program coordinator from Longview, Alberta, about successful management of wolves in those areas.
Wolf killers in Methow get off with probation
After the killings, three wolves remain in the Lookout Pack, but there may be hope. One wolf has been showing female-type behavior, said Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest.
Washington wolf killer pleads guilty, wife admits role in scheme
King 5 released photos of suspect Tom D. White and a dead wolf.
Younger Twisp ranchers also plead guilty in wolf case
Those responsible have agreed to pay fines and give up the firearm used to kill the endangered wolf.
Tom White pleads guilty to killing 2 Twisp wolves
U.S. Attorney Michael C. Ormsby stated: “Criminal wildlife violations are serious Federal crimes that will be investigated and prosecuted vigorously in the Eastern District of Washington.”
Bill White pleads guilty to state, federal charges in wolf-killing case
“Mr. White showed blatant, deliberate and repeated disregard for both game and endangered wildlife and the laws that protect them,” said Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest. “Yet under this deal he escapes spending a single night in jail. This weak deal sends the wrong message to other potential poachers that the courts don’t take wildlife abuse seriously. Looking at the example of Bill White, I’m wondering what a poacher would have to do to get to jail.”
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