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Latest press on Washington's wolves and a state wolf plan
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.
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.
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.
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