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Latest press on Washington's wolves and a state wolf plan
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.
Recently discovered Wash. wolf pack to be killed
"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," he said. Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest said that he understands and agrees that pack removal is the right action at this time, despite his difficulty accepting the decision. But he also said he hopes the department and ranchers will work together to avoid a repeat of this situation.
Sep 20, 2012: It's come to this
“We have been strong advocates for exhausting all non-lethal means possible to avoid this situation and are extremely disappointed that it has come to this,” Mitch Friedman, Conservation Northwest.
Sep 15, 2012: Uniquely Pacific Northwest wolves
Sept 15 - Will Cascades wolves retain federal endangered species act protections? The US Fish and Wildlife Service is currently deciding, and Conservation Northwest and others called on President Barack Obama to maintain Endangered Species Act protection for wolves in the Pacific Northwest.
Guest opinion: Give state’s wolf plan a chance
In this guest editorial, the author notes: "Good wildlife management has never come from the barrel of a gun. Biologist Aldo Leopold made that clear in his 1949 book 'Sand County Almanac.' Good management requires the diligence of science."
Colville Tribes Collar 104-pound Wolf, 3rd Captured On Reservation
“The whole experience has been incredible for me,” said wildlife tech Donovan Antoine. “I’ll view being a part of wolf recovery on the Reservation as one of the pinnacles of my career."
Wolves in the wild: Room for livestock, too?
Len McIrvin, one of the owners of Diamond M Ranch, says, “Wolves have never been compatible with raising livestock.” But turn McIrvin’s statement around: Raising livestock has never been compatible with wolves. That prompts other questions. Should protection of livestock take precedent over protection of natural wildlife?
Wolves' return displeases some hunters, farmers
"Having wolves will make a positive difference for everything, from healthier game populations to a better salmon habitat," said Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest in Bellingham.
Colville Tribe documents Washington’s 9th wolf pack
Washington’s ninth wolf pack was confirmed Sunday on the Colville Reservation as the tribe's wildlife personnel trapped and released a 104-pound gray wolf. The new group of gray wolves has been called the Strawberries Pack.
Wedge: Looking For Solutions To ‘A Substantial Problem’
"It's a big gamble on a livestock producer's part to just say, 'Leave us alone.' It creates a perception that they are bullies and makes more people angry over public-land grazing," says Carter Niemeyer, renowned wolf trapper and depredation investigator.
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