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Washington's wolves in the news

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Latest press on Washington's wolves and a state wolf plan
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.
In brief: Wolf pack confirmed in Stevens County
Letter to the editor about Washington's fifth wolf pack, the Smackout pack in Stevens County.
Jul 22, 2011: Smackout wolf pack is 5th for Washington - Teanaway female is a Lookout pup, grown up
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today confirmed the Smackout Pack, another new wolf pack in Washington, this time in northeast Stevens County. They also announced that the adult female of the new Teanaway Pack is likely a descendant of the Lookout Pack, farther north in the Cascades.
The predators' peak and life below it
Editorial by the NYT: It is now clear that biological diversity increases when top predators are present. The pyramid is healthiest when its peak is still present and when humans aren’t the only top predators around.
A long road for recovery of Washington's grizzlies and wolves
Written by Paula McKay, special to The Times, of the Western Transportation Institute. WTI, alongside Conservation Northwest, participates in the Citizen Wildlife Monitoring project and is likewise one of the members of the Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group.
Editorial: Wolf pack no surprise for many
People have reported wolf sightings in Kittitas County for years, but search in Kittitas County started with reports from citizens and state and federal agency personnel. Remote, motion-triggered cameras were set up by several agencies and private groups, and images were captured on camera by the group Conservation Northwest.
Cle Elum wolf pack sighting
Two recent letters to the editor, "Act will benefit many" and "Time to fight for protection"
Call of the wild: wolves and grizzlies in Washington state
Editorial from The Times: A new gray wolf pack and a rare grizzly bear, oh my. State biologists said this week that a new pack of gray wolves is living in our state in Kittitas County...
Finding should be celebrated
A letter to the editor: "I couldn’t be happier to hear about the Teanaway wolf pack, and the presence of a lactating female."
State's fourth wolf pack identified in Teanaway area
"Because of these types of stories," said Mitchell Friedman, Conservation Northwest's executive director, "it was clear the Teanaway was something to check out." Bellingham-based Conservation Northwest had been reading anecdotal reports of wolves in the Teanaway on hunters' blog-sites for at least two years.
New wolf pack confirmed — a short drive from Seattle
"Wolves need abundant food and lots of security, and the Teanaway has both," said Mitch Friedman, with Conservation Northwest, which helped confirm the pack's existence. The new wolf group, dubbed the Teanaway Pack, is the fourth wolf pack in Washington. Article appeared as "Wolf pack found near Cle Elum" on front page of July 6, Seattle Times.
Jul 05, 2011: New wolf pack confirmed in the Washington Cascades
July 5 - Today, the Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed the second known pack of wolves in the Cascade Mountains in decades. The “Teanaway Pack” was first discovered by volunteers working for Conservation Northwest’s wildlife monitoring program.
New wolf pack confirmed in Washington State
Today, the Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced the confirmation of the second known pack of wolves in the Cascade Mountains. The “Teanaway Pack” was first discovered by volunteers working for Conservation Northwest’s wildlife monitoring program.
A new wolf pack in Washington
"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 a trickle down benefit for all shorts of wildlife from eagles to bears," said Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest.
Debate over wolves unfolds in Pacific Northwest
There's plenty of room for wolves. The issue is: are humans going to let them come back to the landscape?" said Jasmine Minbashian, who manages the wolf program for Conservation Northwest. This AP story was picked up by outlets around the country including, Seattle & Olympia (WA), San Jose & Lompoc (CA), Austin, Kansas City, Philadelphia, St. Louis.
Twisp residents indicted for poaching wolves, smuggling
Reporter Ann McCreary reports in-depth. Biologists hold that even if the Lookout pack dies out because of the illegal killings, the territory they inhabited may attract new wolves. Conservation Northwest's Mitch Friedman is quoted, "...a poaching like this is a blow to us all."
Gray wolves are coming; state plans to be ready
The state is preparing a management and conservation plan in preparation for their return.
Mar 18, 2014: Help recover America's wolves
By March 27, 2014, urge the Service to withdraw its proposal to remove Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in the lower 48 states and to recognize Washington’s Cascades and Pacific Coast wolves as a distinct, threatened population.
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