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Latest press on Washington's wolves and a state wolf plan
State’s wolf population rising
In 2008 a Conservation Northwest volunteer captured the first images of wolves born in the state since the early 1900s. Since then their numbers have more than quintupled. And this is just the start.
Spokane group uses billboards to take stand on wolves
Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest, an organization that supports wolves, said WARAW is not trying to demonstrate that they are thoughtful people.
State works to find balance between wolves, livestock
Extra supervision seems to be working, since none of the six ranchers he worked with this year had animals killed by wolves. But it doesn’t come cheap — Kahne estimated about $20,000 for the summer grazing season. Despite the financial assistance available from state programs and the conservation group, some are still reluctant to change their practices, Kahne said.
Reward Increased to $20,000 in Killing of Endangered Wolf in Washington
Conservation groups are now offering up to a $20,000 reward for information leading to conviction of those responsible for the illegal killing of the breeding female wolf of the Teanaway pack in Washington’s Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
Range-riding wolf patrol shows signs of success in Twisp
TWISP, Wash. — In a place where wolf recovery is about as divisive as politics or religion, one program is cutting through the controversy.
Range riders help protect against wolves
For the last three summers, a pilot program has put patrols on the range to keep tabs on where the wolves are, and to check up on livestock that could be nearby.
Dec 18, 2014: Ranchers in wolf country finding continued success with range riding
Six Washington ranchers involved in a Conservation Northwest program to prevent conflicts between wolves and livestock using range riders lost no sheep or cows to predators during the 2014 season, despite grazing their herds in the territory of confirmed wolf packs.
How Killing Wolves Might Be Leading To More Livestock Attacks
A spokesman for Conservation Northwest, said the advocacy group has worked with ranchers and range riders in Eastern Washington for three years to prevent wolf attacks. Gunnell said this study may change people's assumptions about wolf management. "It really underscores the need to prevent conflict between wolves and livestock in the first place," Gunnell said.
Wolf kills increase livestock deaths, WSU study says
Mitch Friedman is the executive director of Conservation Northwest, which helps pay for range riders and other nonlethal deterrents to protect livestock from wolves. The research “should cause us to double down on conflict avoidance,” Friedman said. “Wolves are complicated; nature is complicated. With each thing we learn, we recognize mistakes that we’ve made.”
Washington State Study Faults Efforts at Wolf Management
“We think Washington has the best wolf management plan in the West,” said Mitch Friedman, the executive director of Conservation Northwest, a nonprofit group based in Bellingham, Wash. And Professor Wielgus’s research, Mr. Friedman said, reinforces the idea that thinking differently is good not just for wolves, but for ranchers and residents as well.
Dec 03, 2014: Wolf Science Panel at the University of Washington
As wolves continue to recover in the Pacific Northwest, and as state agencies move towards the management phases of wolf recovery, Conservation Northwest, along with the Pacific Wolf Coalition and the University of Washington, recently had the opportunity to bring together some of North America's leading wolf experts to discuss ways to recover and manage gray wolves using the best available science, as well as experience from other states.
Conservation Groups Offer $15,000 Reward After Endangered Wolf Killed in Washington
Conservation Groups Offer $15,000 Reward After Endangered Wolf Killed in Washington. Teanaway wolf shot was the pack's breeding female.
Oct 31, 2014: USFWS investigating dead wolf in the Teanaway
A mature female wolf was found dead this week within the territory of the Teanaway Pack northeast of Cle Elum. Because wolves remain federally listed as Endangered in Washington’s Cascades, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents are investigating the incident.
Oct 22, 2014: Alleged wolf poaching in Whitman County
Based on the information currently available, we believe this to be a flagrant violation of state law that warrants appropriately severe penalties if the offender is found guilty.
Oct 09, 2014: Speak up for Washington’s Wolves in Lynnwood on Oct. 14
This coming Tuesday, October 14th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. WDFW will host a public meeting on wolf management in Room 1EF of the Lynnwood Convention Center.
Wolves and ranches can coexist
The goal for all of us is to find ways to coexist, so we can have healthy wolves and wild ecosystems right along with successful ranches and healthy agricultural production. That goal is achievable in our region, but will take people working diligently together to see it realized. Conservation Northwest wants to help.
Aug 29, 2014: August 29th update on Huckleberry Pack
As the Huckleberry Wolf Pack situation continues to evolve, Conservation Northwest has been in regular communication with the office of Governor Jay Inslee, our elected leaders in the state legislature and Department of Fish and Wildlife officials. We have also been receiving direct updates from agency specialists and independent wolf experts working on the ground at the incident site in Stevens County.
Aug 25, 2014: Statement on Huckleberry Wolf Pack depredations
Conservation Northwest is disturbed by conflict occurring between the members of the Huckleberry Wolf Pack and a sheep herd in Stevens County. We have been contacted by Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) and informed that up to four members of the pack will be killed.
Jun 27, 2014: Summer news from the range
Ranchers have begun turning out cows and calves onto seasonal grazing lands. Some of those lands overlap with territory home to Washington’s recovering wolves. And that’s where you’ll find livestock under the watchful eye of range riders co-sponsored by Conservation Northwest.
May 16, 2014: Fladry protects wolves and livestock in Teanaway
A non-lethal wolf mitigation tool that's centuries-old is helping prevent wolf-livestock conflict in the Teanaway Valley this spring. And Conservation Northwest staff and volunteers were happy to lend a hand to the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife to put it in place.
The New York Times - Is the Wolf a Real American Hero?
By retelling the same old story about Yellowstone wolves, we distract attention from bigger problems, mislead ourselves about the true challenges of managing ecosystems, and add to the mythology surrounding wolves at the expense of scientific understanding.
Reward offered for wolf kill info
The Capital Press reports that the WA Department of Fish and Wildlife and the nonprofit Conservation Northwest are offering up to $7,500 for information about a collared wolf that was killed in northern Stevens County.
Reward offered in wolf killing case
The Daily Astorian reports that Conservation Northwest put up the reward. The group has helped promote range riders to protect livestock from wolves.
Review panel faults federal plan to remove protections for wolves
The federal proposal to remove endangered species protections for all gray wolves in the lower 48 states came under fire Friday from a scientific peer review panel that unanimously found that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision does not reflect the best available science regarding wolves.
Nov 13, 2013: Good news spreads for range riding
The Spokesman-Review on Sunday ran a feature article telling the story of Conservation Northwest's budding range rider program. This last season, 2013, Conservation Northwest expanded the program to sponsor range riders for three ranch families in Washington.
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