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Latest press on Washington's wolves and a state wolf plan
Food sources appear to be to wolves' liking
The wolf, originally a member of the Teanaway pack, had been ear-tagged two years earlier, when “it had been captured but was too young to collar,” said Jay Kehne of Conservation Northwest, which has worked alongside state officials to monitor the state’s burgeoning wolf population. “When it was captured, it was a scrawny, half-dead wolf. And two years later, it was this beautiful adult.”.... And those wolves will flourish wherever there’s a consistent prey base, such as that found in the wooded canyons between Wenatchee and Ellensburg. “There’s an awfully good food supply in that area, with the deer and elk higher up,” said Kehne, the Conservation Northwest outreach coordinator who is sits on the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Wolf ban could be lifted
Conservationists claim federal restrictions are still needed. “Recovery in the western part of (Washington) is still fragile,” said Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest. “Hopefully in a few years we’ll have a more sustainable and durable population in the Cascades, but right now the difference between existing federal regulations and fairly wimpy state rules make us nervous.”
Decision on wolf protections in Lower 48 delayed
Federal wildlife officials are postponing a much-anticipated decision on whether to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states.
May 02, 2013: Wolf funding eases conflict
The state has passed legislation funding proven methods including range riding to reduce conflicts with large carnivores. Funds will come from $10 added to the cost of a Washington vanity license plate. The change is expected to raise more than $1 million/year without raising taxes.
Rare compromise reached in Washington's wolf war
Mitch Friedman of the group Conservation Northwest said giving ranchers the assurance they can protect their cattle in heavily populated wolf country is reasonable as long as wolves are strictly protected in areas of the state where they are rare.
Letter to the editor: A new challenge
Wenatchee is blessed with nearby wild lands and accessible wildlife. News that wolves have been seen in our foothills provides our community with another opportunity to face change not by clinging to old ideas and prejudices but instead by seeing change as an opportunity we are able to manage.
Wolf Count: Numbers Up in Oregon, Washingon; Down in Idaho
There are fewer wolves overall in the West, but Oregon and Washington's wolf populations continue to grow. That's according to the federal government's annual gray wolf tally, released Friday. As Jessica Robinson reports, the count has also revealed the initial effect of a controversial wolf hunting season in Idaho.
Wolf-wary ranch family fences in cattle
“Wolves are going to be the hardest predator to deal with, I think,” he said. “We just don’t know what the outcome will be. But we’re trying to prepare for them being here the best we can.”
Farmers, hunters express concern over growing wolf population
"People in Eastern Washington not going to go on a wolf killing spree. We're not interested annihilating, creating a blood bath. What we do want to do is to protect our livelihoods and our property if that occurs," said Jamie Henneman, Stevens County Cattlemen's Association.
Chelan County may have a pack
“What we’re trying to do is give people information about what it means to have wolves back in the landscape again,” said Dave Volson, wildlife biologist for WDFW.
Battle to legally kill wolves heats up in Olympia
“The cattlemen have to, in my opinion, be more willing to possibly change some of their practices even though that’s not going to be as easy as a lot of people think it should be,” said Dave Hendrick, Conservation Northwest board member.
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.
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