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MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011

Montana works out wolf hunt in polarized atmosphere

HUNTING -- Public opinion on gray wolves remains sharply split as Montana and Idaho prepare to resume hunts for the predators after Congress removed their endangered species protections. Montana wildlife commissioners meet July 14 to adopt a quota of 220 wolves to be killed during...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011

MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011

Commission meeting hints at wolf plan disagreements

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The audio recording of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission's Wednesday teleconference is available online, giving us insight to the panels take on the Washington Wolf Working Group's recent effort to hash out a revised Wolf Management Plan. Check it out. Or,...

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Washington Wildlife Commision to discuss wolf plan 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has scheduled a conference call this morning at 8:30 to discuss the lack of harmony beaming from the state's Wolf Working Group meeting last week. Basically, the citizen group that's been working for years to help...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011



Imnaha wolf pack strikes again on livestock

PREDATORS -- After the Imnaha pack in northeastern Oregon was implicated in another loss of livestock, state officials have ordered another wolf removed from the pack. That will make three down from Oregon's first confirmed breeding pack in the past few weeks. Two wolves from...

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Washington wolf plan calls for 15 packs in state

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- There's something for everyone to dislike in Washington's revised draft Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. The number of breeding packs needed statewide before endangered species protections could be lifted is increased from nine to 15. Landowners would have few restrictions on shooting...

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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

Scientists debate 'magic number' for wolf popultion 

PREDATORS -- How many wolves are enough? That's the million-dollar quesiton, and one of the biggest arguments left unresolved by last year's wolf lawsuit: Reporter Rob Chaney of the Missoulian has the latest on the scientific debate over the question. Click here for the Missoulian...

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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

Idaho spells out wolf management goals 

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission today established a framework for state wolf management and directed the state Fish and Game Department to: -- Manage wolves in a manner that will ensure wolves remain under responsible state management in conjunction with the...

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Elk City wolf pack targeted by deputies

PREDATORS -- Deputies deep in north-central Idaho’s forests are getting the go-ahead from state wildlife officials to take aim at wolves suspected in attacks on dogs and livestock in Elk City, the Associated Press reports. The state Department of Fish and Game is authorizing Idaho...

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Oregon wolf kill lawsuit dropped; wolf killed

PREDATORS -- Environmental groups have dropped a legal fight to keep state wildlife officials from killing two wolves in northeastern Oregon, according to a report on Northwest Public Radio. The wolves are blamed for recent livestock deaths in that area. When wildlife managers first announced...

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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011

MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011

Montana ups wolf quota to make up for lost season

PREDATORS -- Hunters would be able to remove up to 220 gray wolves from Montana’s landscape this fall under a tentative quota and seasons adopted Thursday by the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission and reported in the Helena Independent Record. The proposed quota is...

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Idaho wastes no time with wolf management

PREDATORS -- Since resuming wolf management earlier this month, Idaho Fish and Game already has initiated several actions across the state, including aerial wolf hunting to help take pressure off a struggling elk herd in the Lolo Zone. Six control actions have been authorized in...

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MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011

FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011

Wolves still protected in Washington

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- All the recent headlines about delisting gray wolves and Idaho's planning for a fall hunting season and even aerial hunting in the Lolo zone have prompted the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department to issue a press release with a warning that wolves...

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Idaho begins selling wolf tags

HUNTING -- Idaho Fish and Game has started selling wolf tags – $11.50 for resident hunters and $186 for nonresidents, vendor fees included. Tags are available at license vendors and Fish and Game offices. A valid 2011 Idaho hunting license is required to buy a...

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Groups sue to stop Oregon wolf kill

PREDATORS -- A plan announced Monday to kill two Oregon wolves from a pack that killed livestock near Joseph, Ore., was quickly challenged in court Tuesday by conservation groups. U.S. Fish and Wildlife authorities want to capture and kill two young wolves from the Imnaha...

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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011

SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2011

Idaho set out goals for managing wolves 

WILDLIFE -- Idaho Fish and Game Department biologists have wasted no time gearing up for their renewed chance to begin managing wolves on the state level, even though some federal guidelines still apply. The federal budget bill passed by Congress included a rider that removes...

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