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Latest press on Washington's wolves and a state 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.
Letter to the editor: Welcome home, wolves
Support for a Washington wolf plan voiced by Larry Whitesitt from Fairfield, WA, one of many who attended the Aug. Fish & Wildlife Commission public hearing in Ellensburg.
Dramatic rumors stoke wolf fears
Myth-busting on wolves: People are talking about wolves since they returned to our county a couple of years ago. If you believe everything that is being said about wolves at public meetings, coffee shops and on the Internet, you may not be getting the whole story...
Can a shaky conservation plan protect Washington's wolves?
The latest on the Washington state wolf plan: While Conservation Northwest's Derrick Knowles thinks that elk hunters' fears are based largely on fantasy, he says that ranchers have "some legitimate concerns," although experience in the Rockies suggests that "wolves take out way fewer livestock than domestic dogs."
Delighted to hear of wolves’ return
A letter to the editor in support of Washington wolf recovery, arguing regulation for ranchers and landowners, not wolves.
Appreciated the tapeworm info
A letter to the editor discussing why tapeworm is a scare tactic and not a reason to eradicate wolves.
Wolves and grizzlies: two rare creatures are making a comeback in the Cascades
“All these pieces have come together to form one of the largest, most protected areas in the country. It’s a very successful story that’s been authored by hundreds of people, from governments, to conservation groups, to individuals, to private groups," said Conservation Northwest's Joe Scott.
Ranching, hunting, wildlife groups pack meeting on wolves
Coverage from the Ellensburg wolf hearing: “Some are going to have to be taken out when they really start causing problems and I think that the quicker the hunting community, the cattlemen’s community realize that a lot of conservation organizations like us recognize that, then we’re really not all that far apart,” said Jay Kehne of Conservation Northwest.
Wolf management topic of another public meeting
On Mon Aug 29 in Ellensburg, the WA Fish and Wildlife Commission meets to discuss a plan for managing Washington's gray wolves in the state.
Commission questions Wash. areas for wolf recovery
"Wolves are about understanding the facts and the real data and not letting fear overshadow your judgment," said Jay Kehne, who lives in Omak and represents Conservation Northwest, urging the commission to support the plan. The number of wolves required for delisting under the plan is based on science, he said.
Wolf management plan has many howling over state's efforts to control population
Conservation NW's Jay Kehne: "You go to these meetings and because 40 guys show up in camo and cowboy hats, you think everybody's against wolves," he said. "Well, sometimes there's the more quiet contingent that maybe is a little intimidated by those sessions and don't show up or don't speak."
Wolf management debate comes to Kittitas County
"There's plenty of room for wolves. The issue is: Are humans going to let them come back to the landscape?" said Conservation Northwest's Jasmine Minbashian. And per Executive Director Mitch Friedman: "The wolf's return to the Cascades is an important milestone for restoring the wildlife heritage of these wild mountains. Wolves play an important role in maintaining a balance of predator and prey that has trickle down benefits for all sorts of wildlife from eagles to bears."
Aug 24, 2011: Wolves and wilderness benefit from private land easement
Conservation Northwest is proud to announce closing on a conservation easement on the 504-acre Dawson Ranch near Colville, WA. This easement enables the Dawsons to commit their ranch permanently to open space and wildlife habitat while staying in operation.
Wolfpacks of North Cascades, though elusive, very divisive
Three members of a Twisp-area family are under indictment in connection with the killing of two or more wolves from the Lookout Pack. [VIDEO]
Wolf packs are natural
A letter to the editor describing the ecological benefits and beauty of gray wolves.
There's more to the wolf story
Conservation Northwest's Jay Kehne discusses wolves in Washington, addressing some of the myths that prevent people from understanding and accepting wolves.
Washington’s fifth wolf pack confirmed
The gray wolf is protected throughout Washington as a state endangered species. In the western two-thirds of Washington, the species is also federally protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), making it illegal to harm or harass them.
A wild week in Washington
Recent grizzly bear and wolf discoveries put the wild back into Washington.
Area wolf poaching case to trial in September
The family accused of poaching wolves and smuggling their hides will have their federal trial in September.
Biologists confirm a fifth wolf pack in Washington
For the second time in a month, a new gray wolf pack, the Smackout pack, has been found living in Washington, this one in the state's northeast corner. Fish and Wildlife is putting the finishing touches on a plan to manage the state's wolf populations.
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