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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
Washington wolf bills under discussion
"We certainly understand the anxiety that people feel they might face a crisis with a wolf and not have a permit in their pocket," said Conservation Northwest executive director Mitch Friedman. "Unless there's a record of someone trying to prevent a situation like that and having repeated encounters, we probably don't want people being able to shoot from the hip."
Letter: Nonlethal ranching part of solution
As proved by [rancher] Patton, Oregon and Washington ranchers and wolves can coexist, and almost 75 percent of our state's citizens want them here. Cheers to nonlethal ranching, wolves in our northern states, and the Endangered Species Act.
Should it be easier to shoot Washington state's endangered gray wolves?
On a 25-to-23 vote, the Senate passed SB 5187 to allow the owner of livestock or a domestic animal to kill a gray wolf attacking or posing an imminent threat to those animals on private and public lands without regard to the wolf's endangered status and without needing any permit.
State to share more wolf information
"The producer can have the same level of information we have," said department carnivore section manager Donny Martorello on the information that should be available to ranchers by this spring.
Wolf population doubled in Washington over past year
“We have remarkable growth of wolves in Washington,” said Donny Martorello, carnivore section manager for the Department of Fish & Wildlife, which conducted the survey. “This is what you see when a colonizing population is finding suitable habitat and really taking off.”
Feb 15, 2013: Wolves on the rebound
In their recently released annual survey, WDFW confirmed the presence of at least 24 new wolves in Washington, bringing the tally of wolves to 51. This estimate could be doubled again if unconfirmed estimates are included.
Wolf photographed near Ardenvoir probably just passing through
“They were absolutely incredible photos,” said David Volson, a wildlife biologist for Fish and Wildlife in Wenatchee. A blowup of the photos allowed him to read the number on the tag in the wolf’s ear and positively identify it as a young female that was caught and tagged last fall in the Teanaway Valley.
Can wolves and Washingtonians coexist?
"Wolves aren't angels or devils," said Mitch Friedman, executive director of Bellingham-based Conservation Northwest, at a Senate Natural Resources Committee hearing on the bills. "They can respond to management techniques."
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.
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