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Latest press on Washington's wolves and a state wolf plan
Editorial: a better way to manage wolf packs
To avoid another removal, the department intends to seek more money for nonlethal methods of keeping wolves and livestock separated (fencing, range riders, etc.).
Wolf kill: Will there have to be more?
"We understand there is some resistance out there," said [WDFW's] Pozzanghera, but the agency is committed to working with ranchers and cattlemen. "The whole situation is really tragic, most of all because it could have been avoided," said Jasmine Minbashian, of the nonprofit Conservation Northwest, which supported the decision in the end to kill the wolf pack because the animals had become reliant on livestock. "If you remove the pack without changing something on the ground, this situation is bound to repeat itself," she said.
Wolves play a role in Okanogan County races
Wolves have been prowling around the ballot boxes in Okanogan County. Well, not literally. But the returning predators are no small issue in the Nov. 6 election for two seats on the Okanogan County Commission.
Landers: Pro-wolf extremists not helping cause
Pro-wolf groups had a wider range of concerns, but most of them called for the state to hold ranchers more accountable for preventing wolf attacks by using range riders, fencing or other non-lethal measures.
Washington Wildlife Officials Kill Wolf Pack Near Canadian Border
The Wedge Pack of wolves is one of an estimated 12 wolf packs in the state. It is the only one that was creating problems, said Mitch Friedman of the environmental group Conservation Northwest. "This rancher has politicized the situation, while many other ranchers recognize that wolves are part of the landscape," Friedman contended.
Commission Says State Wolf Plan Still on Track
"The success of wolf recovery in our state depends on social tolerance for these animals - especially among ranchers and others most affected by them," Ware said.
Differing Ideas Offered To Avoid A Repeat Of Washington Wolf Pack Kill
"We expect the state to hold livestock owners to the agreements that they have made to work with wildlife officials in applying non-lethal practices to prevent conflict with wildlife" said David Hornoff of the National Wolfwatcher Coalition.
Bill Mcirvin defends his ranch at wolf meeting
Many questioned if non-lethal methods of separating livestock and wolves were used earlier enough and fully, whether all the livestock killed were fully investigated to prove wolves were responsible and whether killings could have been done incrementally to see if that would have changed the pack's behavior and its feeding on livestock.
Oct 05, 2012: Wolves are the new normal
Oct 5 - Wolves were the main focus of a meeting of Washington's Fish and Wildlife Commission, and nearly 100 people showed up to comment for continued recovery of wolves in Washington.
Statement on wolves before the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission
A statement on Washington's wolves by Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest, made before the WA Fish and Wildlife Commission, October 5, 2012.
Wedge Wolf Pack: Watch commission meeting here Friday
The afternoon session on wolves is part of a two-day meeting of the nine-member commission, appointed by the governor to set policy for the department
Dead But Still In The News — Wedge Wolves
The question about how much the operation cost will be addressed this Friday afternoon when the Fish & Wildlife Commission -- which signed off last December on the wolf management plan after four years' work on it by stakeholders and state staff -- will get a comprehensive briefing on all things Washington wolf.
Expanding wolf packs creep onto cattle grazing territory
"If the wolves start testing the cattle and the calves run, they’ll hit them. After a while they get a taste for beef. They’re habituated," said Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest, who said he "regrettably" — and at the risk of antagonizing others championing wolves’ re-population of Washington — supported lethal removal of the Wedge Pack.
Wedge wolf, if you are out there, run for your life
Maybe a first step in that direction is writing into agreements with ranchers who have grazing rights on public lands that livestock's lethal contact with wildlife is a risk ranchers have to accept. Wolf kills on private property would be compensated as they are now, but if it happens on wolf turf, that’s the call of the wild.
Commentary: Wolves at the gate
 
Wolf Kills Create Blowback For State, Conservation Group
“It's still a really difficult decision. It's not something that has come easy. So I understand – I understand the anger and the questions and how people are feeling,” said Conservation Northwest's Jasmine Minbashian.
The Daily Howler, 9-25-2012 Edition
Conservation Northwest, among the lead wolf advocacy groups in Washington, is trying to explain to its supporters why it believes the pack needs to be taken out, "among the toughest calls" they've had to make, while insisting that steps be taken so we don't end up with the same problem with Wedge Pack 2.o.
WDFW Kills Two Wedge Wolves
“We are committed to the recovery and sustainability of the gray wolf in Washington, and its numbers are increasing rapidly, but recovery won’t succeed if ranchers’ livelihoods are threatened by persistent wolf attacks on livestock,”said Fish and Wildlife Director Phil Anderson.
Two wolves from Washington state gray wolf pack killed for preying on cattle
Director Mitch Friedman told NBC station KING 5 that rancher Bill McIrvine, who lost part of his herd to the pack, "has total responsibility for the problem" for not being as cooperative as other ranchers with programs aimed at keeping cattle and wolves apart.
Bill McIrvine, Rancher Blamed For Wolf Pack Death, Cites 'Radical Environmental Agenda' For Losses
But Mitch Friedman, a spokesman for the organization, told KING that McIrvine "has total responsibility for the problem," saying McIrvine refused to participate in non-lethal control measures that other area ranchers agreed to, including a range riding program that other ranchers support.
Washington wolf pack targeted for elimination
Jay Kehne with Conservation Norhwest, says eradicating one wolf pack does nothing. “If the Wedge Pack goes, I have a firm belief that they’ll fill back in─ wolves will do that─ and to just kill the wolves off over and over and over again gets to be a fruitless experience and discouraging because you’ll continue to lose your animals.”
Hitting ‘Reset’ In The Wedge
Yesterday's news that the state will now attempt to eliminate the Wedge Pack, broken by Northwest Sportsman, set off the proverbial firestorm on our blog. Visitors from as far away as the East Coast and Europe responded to our just-the-facts story with passion... Wolf recolonization has to work for everybody, and in the case of the Wedge, things need to be "reset" for Take 2.
Wash. to kill pack of at least 8 gray wolves
"There has to be a commitment on the part of all sides to allow wolves to occupy the landscape while protecting the rancher's livelihood and maintain their ability to raise cattle," Mitch Friedman said.
WDFW Plans to Eliminate Wolf Pack to End Attacks
"There has to be a commitment on the part of all sides to allow wolves to occupy the landscape while protecting the rancher's livelihood and maintain their ability to raise cattle," said Mitch Friedman, Conservation Northwest's Executive Director.
Statement on Wedge Pack wolf management actions
A statement on the Wedge Pack: Wolf managers have long recognized that the only way healthy populations of wolves will be sustained is if the problems they cause locally are addressed quickly and effectively. In situations like the one involving the Wedge Pack, experts from across the West agree: Eliminating the pack will help to reset the stage for wolves that are not habituated to livestock to establish themselves in that area.
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