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Latest press on Washington's wolves and a state wolf plan
Wolf debate reaches Senate panel
Wildlife advocates warned that proposals to loosen the restrictions for shooting predators go too far and could encourage “an open season” on wolves.
The Daily Howler 1-29-13: Legislators Take Comment On Wolf Bills
A public hearing on a quartet of wolf bills in Olympia drew a fair-sized audience and numerous comments, from stay the course on the Washington wolf plan to support for allowing ranchers and others to shoot wolves attacking their stock no matter the predator’s legal status.
Bills legalizing the killing of wolves draws crowd to Olympia
“Wolves aren’t angels or devils,” Friedman said. “They can respond favorably to management techniques.”
Jan 25, 2013: Washington wolf bills 2013
A run down of the wolf bills before the state legislature as of March 2013. Conservation Northwest supports bills that promote proactive wolf-livestock conflict avoidance.
Bill To Move Wolves West No Joke For Conservationists
“Yeah, I think Rep. Kretz has a good sense of humor and he's trying to be funny, but he's actually pointing out something that's a really good opportunity for common ground,” said Derrick Knowles of Conservation Northwest.
Editorial: Washington learns to manage wolves
As Washington's wolf population grows -- it jumped from 27 to more than 51 in a single year -- managers will be called on to control wolves that prey on livestock and pets. Now, after a couple of years of experience, they seem ready to recognize when a wolf or its pack is a problem.
The Daily Howler: Olympia Beat (1-24-13)
The wolf beat has picked up in recent days, with stories on bills in Olympia and rumblings in North-central and Northeast Washington.
Wolves and public opinion
You like wolves? Here, have some. Don’t worry, we’ve got plenty.... Conservationists and wolf supporters, not surprisingly, don’t consider Kretz helpful. Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest told the Capital Press that he was working on a bipartisan bill to move wolves from northeast to southwest. “Last week we were closer to success than we are today because Mr. Kretz’s bill has just filled the room with a bad odor,” he said.
Wolves: Commissioners want to de-list; WDFW wants to reclassify
In their previous petition, the county commissioners argued that the wolves presently in Washington are not native to the state and questioned the rationale for the protected status. The new petition relies primarily on the decision of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to remove some wolves from its endangered list.
The Daily Howler (1-22-13 Edition)
“An advocate of trying to go nonlethal,” which drew applause, as well as CSI-like investigations of depredations to determine true causes of death, nonetheless Carter Niemeyer pointed out that, “once wolves learn to kill livestock, it’s almost impossible to change” their behavior.
Bill would send wolves to inhabit West Side, too
Kretz acknowledges the bill may never get a hearing. It’s an attempt to make a point for another, more serious bill he expects to introduce in the next week. That bill would allow the state to take wolves off its endangered species list in Eastern Washington, while keeping them on the list in other parts of the state.
Washington Wildlife Officials Report 'Unprecedented' Wolf Numbers
“This is unprecedented population growth," says carnivore manager Donny Martorello. "You don't see this in elk herds, you don't see this in orcas, you don't see this in bald eagles. This kind of growth is phenomenal in the wildlife population.”
Wolf recovery in Washington: Seattle briefing with experts
The meeting will be an opportunity to hear more about the recovery and management of gray wolves in Washington and other western states, the latest information from population surveys in Washington and an update on recovery of the species throughout the West.
KEXP Mind Over Matters: Wolf conservation legislation, Jasmine Minbashian
Interview with Conservation Northwest's Jasmine Minbashian on the status of Washington's wolves and wolf bills in the 2013 legislature.
The Recovery of Gray Wolves in the Pacific Northwest
“To see wolves in the Cascade Mountains, it’s something I never thought I would see,” said Jasmine Minbashian, the lead operator of Conservation Northwest’s wolf recovery efforts.
State Rep. Has Questions About Nontribal Wolf Management Options
“I just want to make sure we’re all playing by the same set of rules and game management tools being made available to one segment of the state’s population are available to all Washington citizens,” Washington Rep. David Taylor stated.
Washington tribes develop own wolf plans
The tribe can proceed as long as management actions don't conflict with the federal Endangered Species Act, said WDFW carnivore section manager Donny Martorello. The gray wolf is not protected under the federal law in that part of the state.
Editorial: More study will mean fewer wolf problems
According to Sun Tzu's "The Art of War," if you know your enemies and yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss. It seems to us that a little more information about how wolves and livestock interact on Washington grazing lands could lead to solutions more satisfying to all sides of the wolf debate.
Predators delight WSU researchers
"We don't know enough about wolf management and basic wolf behavior," said Dan Bernardo, WSU vice president of agriculture. "Rob [Wielgus]'s lab is well-equipped to fill in some of those voids in knowledge, which can assist policy makers in steering us in the right course."
Wolf panel to host discussion Tuesday at YVCC
“Some of the proven tools (in preventing predation) are still a good human presence — range-riding on a regular, almost daily basis seems to make a difference,” Kehne said.
Colville Tribes Holding Washington’s First Wolf Hunt
“Wouldn’t we be better off moving them?” wondered Conservation Northwest’s executive director Mitch Friedman this morning. He’d hoped to broker a deal between the Colvilles and Yakama Nation to translocate wolves to Washington’s South Cascades.
Wolf activity continues in Wedge pack area
"It's an opportunity for us to try again, and do better," said Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest. "I don't know that life often allows for quick re-dos of failures, and here we get a chance to do that."
Washington wipes out a wolf pack
Wolves in the West are here to stay. They don’t comprehend state and national boundaries, but they understand their role in ecosystems. The Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, the law of the land in Washington for now, is all the wolves have to protect them.
YVCC hosts Land of the Lost Wolves
Following the film team leader for the BBC, Jasmine Minbashian, along with Jay Kehne of Conservation Northwest, and wolf biologists with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife will lead a panel discussion.
Wolf Project shows promise for sheep herds, wolf packs
Sheepherders and wolves are ancient adversaries. But in the Sawtooth National Forest – where about 10,000 sheep and four wolf packs occupy overlapping territory – ranchers and pro-wolf groups are working to find common ground.
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