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MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011

This 2004 file photo provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service shows a gray wolf resting in tall grass. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service / The U.s. Fish And Wildlife Service )

Wolf ruling highlights success, not failure 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Much has been written since Friday when President Obama signed the federal budget which included a rider that removed Northern Rockies gray wolves from most endangered species protections. Our story on the rider had a helpful Q&A. I followed with a blog...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2011

MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011

Wolf compromise attempt blocked by judge

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A federal judge over the weekend blocked a proposal to lift endangered species protections for wolves in Montana and Idaho that had been hammered out by U.S. wildlife officials and conservation groups. The plan could have led to public hunting of some...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011

FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2011

Lawmakers plan to forge ahead on lifting wolf protections

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Although some conservation groups have agreed to settle ongoing litigation over wolf management in the Northern Rockies to keep Congress from acting on legislation to change the Endangered Species Act, Sen. Tester, D-Mont., said he'll press ahead on legislation if congressional action...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011

A gray wolf, photographed by an automatic field camera, came to feed on an Angus bull carcass above the South Hills recently.  (Courtesy photo)

Cougar, wolf briefly share windfall feast

PREDATORS -- An Angus bull that died last month from injuries after fighting with another bull near Missoula attracted the who's who of non-hibernating predators into the unblinking lens of a motion-activated camera. A lone gray wolf spent just 18 minutes feeding on the carcass...

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Conservation groups lost political capital in wolf issue

CONSERVATION -- The environmental movement is facing serious challenges in the current political and economic climate. Considering bills in state legislatures and in Congress, some conservationists believe they've lost considerable political capitol in their tough stance to prolonging endangered species status for the gray wolf...

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MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2011

Limited Montana wolf kill clears first hurdle

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Just out in an Associted Press story from Billings: Federal officials today signaled their preliminary support for a plan to kill gray wolves in western Montana that have preyed on big game herds along the Idaho border. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011

Otter going into wolf talks undecided

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter decided against taking a formal stance on a settlement to allow public hunting of wolves in parts of the Northern Rockies as state representatives headed for court hearing in Missoula today. Otter’s chief lawyer David Hensley says the...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2011

WA, OR wolves higher profile in annual report 27 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- In past years, Washington and Oregon have been little more than footnotes in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service annual report on western gray wolves in the Northern Rockies. However, the 2010 report gives the relatively new breeding packs in those states...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2011

Western gray wolf photographed in Montana. (Tracy Brooks / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

One year of wolf numbers nothing to bank on 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The 2010 annual report on the Northern Rockies gray wolf poplation released this week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seems to have given everyone some ammunition. Overall the wolf population has remained roughly the same. However, while Montana and Wyoming...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011

TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2011


FRIDAY, FEB. 25, 2011

Wolf poaching in Methow confirmed

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Washington Fish and Wildlife Department officials this week confirmed the killing of an adult male gray wolf, shot in Eastern Washington more than a year ago and dumped in eastern Skagit County. Investigators believe the wolf was shot somewhere east of Rainy...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 22, 2011

Wolves are hunting elk on the open canyon slopes of northeastern Oregon. (Courtesy photo)

Oregon wolves out in the open 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Blue Mountains elk winter in the low open canyon slopes of Oregon, and the recent-arrival gray wolves figured that out fast. These wolves made themselves at home on the open slopes in northeastern Oregon near Pendleton, where they've been feeding on elk,...

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Montana surveying right-wing boundaries

OUTDOOR POLITICS -- Two Associated Press news stories this week out of the Montana Legislature give sportsmen reason to pause and wonder if these are the healthiest approaches to the issues. Republicans enthused by Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s recent tough talk on wolves are getting...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 18, 2011

Montana wildlife officials steady toward wolf delisting

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Despite Gov. Brian Schweitzer's call this week for Montanans to defy federal endangered species laws and kill wolves (see story), the state's game wardens aren't launching a war on the controversial predators. On Wednesday, Schweitzer announced he was done waiting for federal...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16, 2011

Cattlemen sue feds over region's wolves

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A Washington state cattle group is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to force the agency to review federal protections for gray wolves in the Northern Rockies. Attorneys for the Washington Cattlemen’s Association say the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S....

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TUESDAY, FEB. 15, 2011

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