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Pro-wolf groups unite, calling management a 'killing spree'

Still on the move: This Tuesday photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Game shows OR-7, the Oregon wolf that has trekked across two states looking for a mate, on a sagebrush hillside in Modoc County, Calif. A California Department of Fish and Game biologist spotted the wolf and took this photo while out visiting ranchers in the area. (Associated Press)
Still on the move: This Tuesday photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Game shows OR-7, the Oregon wolf that has trekked across two states looking for a mate, on a sagebrush hillside in Modoc County, Calif. A California Department of Fish and Game biologist spotted the wolf and took this photo while out visiting ranchers in the area. (Associated Press)

PREDATORS — The lone gray wolf roaming California is on good behavior, eating deer, and getting a lot of good press for his species. 

If the wolf were ever to find a mate and produce pups, it would have more mouths to feed, and that would be the start of the issues for management.

But pro-wolf groups in the Pacific Northwest are turning their backs on reasonable needs for managing — that often means killing — wolves.

The San Francisco news story below is one-sided, reporting the numbers of wolves killed in Idaho and Montana without pointing out that despite the management, wolf numbers increased and are still considered far above the levels set for recovery in the plans drawn up for their reintroduction to the Northern Rockies.

Groups in Pacific Northwest press for laws to protect wolves

Concerned about wolf hunts in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, 25 wildlife conservation groups in Washington, Oregon and California have created the Pacific Wolf Coalition to prevent the removal of federal endangered species protection for wolves in those states. — San Francisco Chronicle




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