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TUESDAY, FEB. 15, 2011

Wolf de-listing bill on fast-track in DC

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Congressman Mike Simpson fast-tracked wolf delisting legislation Monday by tacking language onto a federal budget bill that would strip Endangered Species Act protection from wolves. An Associated Press story origining from Eric Barker of the Lewiston Tribune says Simpson’s measure would reinstate...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 11, 2011

Biologists focus on fate of Methow wolf pack

WILDLIFE -- Washington wildlife biologist are keenly watching during the February wolf mating season to see if there's any breeding activity in the Methow Valley's Lookout Mountain pack. Two years ago, that pack became the first in Washington to have a confirmed breeding pair. State...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 21, 2011

WA wolf bills panned or 'awfulness'

WILDLIFE LEGISLATION -- A spokeswoman for an organization working on wolf, wildlife and wildland issues in Washington is panning a trio of Canis lupus-related bills introduced in Olympia last week, according to a report by Northwest Sportsman magazine. “They are spectacular in their awfulness and...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 18, 2011

Pup sighting boosts Oregon wolf count

WILDLIFE -- Oregon's count of gray wolves is up to at least 21 in two packs after two previously unverified pups were documented recenty by air and on video. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials say aerial surveys documented 16 wolves in the...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29, 2010

Region's wolf status surveys underway

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- From land and in the air, wildlife biologists from Idaho, Montana and Wyoming have been surveying wolf packs and tabulating data from the year to come up with wolf status reports for 2010. At least 1,706 wolves in 242 confirmed packs were...

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MONDAY, DEC. 20, 2010

Biologist sheds light on wolf behavior

WILDLIFE -- Wolves are not bloodless killers, but they can appear to be, according to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Russ Morgan.Wolf kills can appear perplexing because often they barely have a scratch. The state's wolf program coordinator explained why -- and much...

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MONDAY, DEC. 13, 2010

A dog  watches over ewes at Lava Lake Land & Livestock near the North Fork of the Big Lost River near Ketchum, Idaho. The company uses dogs and other measures to protect its sheep from wolves. Associated Press
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Other predators benefit from focus on wolves 

WILDLIFE -- While the Rocky Mountain reigon's wildlife control agents are forced to focus on wolves, coyotes, grizzly bears, black bears and mountain lions are making a killing on livestock."Our wildlife control people spend so much time with wolves that they’re being taken away from...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8, 2010

Idaho suspends wolf management plan 24 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- In a telephone conference today, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission suspended Idaho’s 2008-2012 species management plan for wolves.The 2002 Idaho Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, approved by the Idaho Legislature and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, remains in effect as...

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Anti-wolfer faces felony elk charges

HUNTING -- Tony Mayer of Twin Falls, Idaho, -- founder of the anti-wolf website SaveElk.com -- is charged with illegally killing a bull elk with antlers so large the crime qualifies as a felony.A judge on Tuesday ruled that Mayer must come back to Blaine...

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MONDAY, DEC. 6, 2010


Wolf study strains MSU ties with wildlife agency

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- An official with the state's wildlife agency has told Montana State University’s president that cooperation between the two entities could end due to one of the school’s scientists challenging the agency’s conclusions on how significantly a proposed wolf hunt would reduce wolf...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 2, 2010

A gray wolf.   (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Hunting helps wolves long-term, experts say 

Should hunting be allowed for wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains? Here’s a summary of the answers given to me in interviews from leading wolf experts:• “You have to remove the bad apples.” Doug Smith , Yellowstone National Park wolf project leader • “Wolves are...

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MONDAY, NOV. 29, 2010

SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 2010

Wolves confront North Idaho woman in driveway 52 

WILDLIFE -- A North Idaho woman said she was confronted by at least four wolves as she walked alone up her rural driveway between Tensed and Plummer at dusk on Saturday.Karen Calisterio, 52, was trudging up the snow-plugged lane when she saw two dogs about...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 18, 2010

Judge rules for Wyoming in wolf case 

WILDLIFE -- A federal judge says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was wrong to refuse to turn management of gray wolves over to the state of Wyoming.Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne today ordered the federal agency to consider again whether Wyoming's wolf management...

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