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Latest press on Washington's wolves and a state wolf plan
Community richer for having Kehne
Letter to the editor: The talents of a good and highly qualified local man are being squandered by an unsavory push to divide and politicize. Our community is the richer for Jay Kehne's presence.
Wolves sighted near Malo
"It doesn't surprise anyone there are wolves in the Curlew area," [Department of Fish and Wildlife's Madonna Luers] said. "But confirming a pack or a breeding pair is another matter."
People are more of an impact
Letter to the editor: There are bigger challenges to us, as ranchers, than predation by wolves. Increased residential growth in land that has historically been in grazing creates all kinds of headaches. For instance, we are losing cattle to poachers.
Jan 15, 2012: Jay Kehne appointed to Fish & Wildlife Commission
Jan 15 - The job of a commissioner is to look at the best science possible and make good decisions for wildlife, says Jay Kehne, who lives in Omak and works part-time for Conservation Northwest.
A new blacklist
It looks to outsiders like a new blacklist. Are you now or have you ever sympathized with wolves or environmentalists? This overreaction and intolerance does Okanogan County's cause little good.
Okanogan County takes aim at environmentalist over wolf protection
Conservation Northwest have been noted — and severely criticized — for their efforts to work with ranchers and loggers, to make everybody a winner, to compromise.
Wolves confirmed on Colville Indian Reservation
Except for a small strip of land between the Okanogan River and Highway 97, wolves are not considered endangered by the federal government on the reservation. That means the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation — a sovereign nation — will develop its own plan for managing them.
Wildlife photographer shares conservation goals
A radio interview from Wenatchee: Paul Bannick loves to capture vibrant images of birds, and loves to learn the stories they tell about the natural world. He also works to conserve and connect wild lands with Conservation Northwest.
Jay Kehne joins The Conversation
Jay Kehne, newly appointed commissioner to Washington's Fish & Wildlife Commission and Okanogan County outreach associate for Conservation Northwest, discusses Washington's wolves and more with KUOW's Ross Reynolds.
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.
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