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Latest press on Washington's wolves and a state wolf plan
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.
Repeat of wolf kill unlikely
Wildlife officials are stepping up use of nonlethal methods for keeping wolves away from livestock. The department and Conservation Northwest already share the cost of a range rider in Northeast Washington to protect livestock from predation by the Smackout Pack.
Colville Tribes manage wolves with own program
“It’s about being in balance,” tribal chairman John Sirous said. “If you remove all the predators from the equation you’ll find other impacts happen as well. Nature has a good way of setting up that balance for us to follow.”
The Daily Howler (11-5-12): WA May Have 100 Wolves Edition
" the end the most pragmatic wolf group realized the Wedge wolves weren't model citizens for the state's twin goals of recovery and social tolerance - the latter being the real key in this whole deal since Washington is never going to be some wolf nirvana like Yellowstone - and so supported the killing." - Editor's Note, Northwest Sportsman's Magazine, Nov. 2012
Washington Considers Another Impact Of Wolves: Skinny Cows
Washington would be the first state in the Northwest to compensate ranchers for livestock weight loss — not just livestock killed by wolves.
The Horse's Mouth: Conservation Northwest's Kit McGurn on Why 'Wolves are Awesome'
"When I think of wolves the first thing I think is "fucking awesome," every time, without fail," said Kit McGurn. "How could you not? We're talking the top of the food chain here, the apex predator in a natural system. A social animal whose pack structure has a hierarchy and whose survival mostly depends on the entire pack being successful."
Stop crying wolf
....Then, according to Conservation Northwest, McIrvin refused to participate in nonlethal control methods on the wolves he claimed killed 17 of his cattle....
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.
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