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Latest press on Washington's wolves and a state wolf plan
Survey finds 3 pairs of breeding wolves
A year-end survey of the state’s five confirmed wolf packs has found 3 successful breeding pairs totaling at least 27 wolves. The survey also found evidence of unconfirmed packs in the Blue Mountains of southeastern Washington and at Hozomeen in the North Cascades, as well as transient single wolves, according to Rocky Beach, the agency’s wildlife diversity program manager.
Fish and Wildlife appointee draws fire
The job of a Fish and Wildlife commissioner is to look at the best science possible and make a good decision for wildlife, Jay Kehne said. Politics and one's place of employment should not be involved. "Everybody works for somebody," Kehne said. "I've got degrees in wildlife biology and soil science and have had jobs for 31 years across Eastern Washington and California." [This AP story was widely published in Washington media]
Republicans push to oust newly appointed Wildlife Commissioner
Kehne said he sees no conflict in working for Conservation Northwest and serving on the Wildlife Commission, and said that he’ll join the commission for his first meeting this week. “I’ve lived in Eastern Washington most of my life, and recognize rural county values,” he said.
Got Wolves? Washington Does
There are now three successful breeding pairs and at least 27 wolves in WA. A successful breeding pair means a mom, dad and at least two pups that make it past 6 months old.... Washington last month adopted a monitoring and management plan [calling] for 15 successful breeding pairs to be established before wolves can be removed from the state endangered species list.
OUTDOORS: Wolves now have a plan and future
The goal of the plan is to foster a self-sustaining population of the often vilified apex predator ... to transition from current partial federal protection to a fully state-based system as with any other abundant wildlife species, giving them a rightful place here. [On related news] The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is again nine members strong with the recent appointment of...Jay Kehne, Omak.
Wolf management plan OKed, but critics remain
“Public lands are generally places where you have the best wildlife habitat and should be places where wildlife is allowed to thrive,” said Jasmine Minbashian, special projects director at Conservation Northwest. However, she added, allowing lethal control of wolves on public land “gives livestock owners another tool … and may increase social tolerance of wolves over the long run.”
Controversial wolf plan approved
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission was united last Saturday [Dec. 3] in its approval of a controversial management and recovery plan for wolves in Washington.
Editorial: A wolf plan, for now
Setting aside the questions of how many wolves, if any, should be allowed to roam Washington and how [Washington's wolf] plan will be managed as a practical matter, perhaps a more important long-term result is that the state is establishing its authority over the issue – rather than letting the federal government make all the decisions.
Dec 05, 2011: Washington's wolves get a plan
Dec 3 - Spurred along by the natural local return of wolves, years of science-based collaborative work, and support from thousands of residents, the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission votes to approve a wolf recovery plan.
KUOW's Weekday discusses wolf plan with Jasmine
Jasmine Minbashian, special projects director at Conservation Northwest, talks to Weekday's Steve Scher about a huge success, the passing of Washington's wolf plan and what comes next.
Washington wolf plan approved
After four years of development, public review and controversy, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission Saturday unanimously adopted a plan that will guide state conservation and management of gray wolves in the state.
Olympic Peninsula wolves could be part of management plan
Future wolf populations on the Olympic Peninsula could be part of a plan to recover the species approved by a state commission.
Washington’s state wolf plan gets official approval
Political scientists believe that wolf recovery in Washington state might be less controversial because it is a competitive two-party state... In the historical sweep of American politics traditional economy, one-party states (whether Republican or Democrat) have been slow to innovate on economic or environmental policies. This article also references our press release, "Conservation Northwest applauds collaborative approach to wolf conservation."
Wildlife commission adopts wolf recovery plan
Conservation Northwest applauds the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission for approving a state conservation and management plan for the gray wolf.
WA commission approves wolf management plan
Derrick Knowles, an avid hunter who works for wildlife group Conservation Northwest, participated as a member of the wolf working group and congratulated the commission on the plan. "While it isn't any one special interest group's perfect plan, it's the right plan for Washington and I applaud the Fish and Wildlife Commission for their leadership today," Knowles said in a written statement.
Stressing Flexibility, Addressing Hunter, Livestock Concerns, WA FWC Approves Wolf Plan
Conservation Northwest's Jasmine Minbashian said she was "not enamored" with the final plan - her organization was one member of the Wolf Working Group - but was happy otherwise, calling it a "true compromise" and adding, "It looks like we've learned lessons from the Northern Rockies," and looked forward to helping to finding and monitoring more wolves.
Letter to the editor: Wolves not a threat to healthy humans
One afternoon three or four [wolves] appeared in the brush beside me, then followed me closely for a few miles. I remember them as sleek and beautiful. I also remember that I was scared half to death. But I needn’t have been. As my dad had told me, and repeated that evening, wolves won’t hurt you unless you are down and injured.
What to do with wolves
Jasmine Minbashian, special projects director at Conservation Northwest, joins The Conversation to weigh in on wolf recovery and a Washington wolf plan.
Letter to the editor: Support wolf recovery
Barrett Lindsey of Spokane attended the recent Fish and Wildlife hearing to express his support of Washington's wolf plan.
Proponent of wolves tell Port Angeles area chamber animals would help ecosystem, local economy
David Graves, [National Parks Conservation Association's] northwest program manager, said the loss of the predator has lead to higher bank erosion along the Hoh River due to overfeeding by elk populations.
Letter to the editor: Management plan must address rancher issues
"The return of this native species will have many ecological benefits for the state." An Olympia resident writes supporting the pending wolf plan and addressing complaints ranchers have about wolves.
Plea agreements possible in Whites' case
A trial date in the state's wildlife violations case against Twisp residents was continued to Feb. 13 following a status hearing in Okanogan County District Court. The Whites also face trial in January in a federal case, which charges the Whites with shooting at least two endangered gray wolves.
Nature's 'Greatest Comebacks': Eagles, grizzlies lead the way
The list includes the gray wolf and the gray whale. One is a controversial predator that is repopulating the Cascades and the Selkirk Mountains of northeast Washington. Last year... a grizzly was photographed on a ridge in the North Cascades National Park.
Wolf letter to the editor
A letter to the editor of the Chewelah Independent expressing support for wolves in Washington and the wolf recovery plan.
Judge allows evidence in Whites' state [poaching] case
Update on the poaching of wolves in WA's Lookout pack: Evidence obtained in a police search of a FedEx package that was leaking blood, and other evidence gathered through subsequent search warrants, will be allowed in the state’s wildlife violations case against Twisp residents William and Tom White.
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