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THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2012

Washington wildlife commission’s wolf hearing detailed

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Andy Walgamott of Northwest Sportsman magazine monitored the entire presentation and comment period of Friday's Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting devoted to Washington's wolf management activities. I listened to the webcast from Olympia, too, but reading Walgamott's blow-by-blow blog post on the...


Who’s reffing the game between wolves and everyone else?

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A few callers say they're scratching their heads trying to figure out the point of today's outdoors column regarding wolves. Here's a hint: Wolves need a lot of fresh meat year round in order to survive. The Yellowstone model has spawned a...

THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012

Wildlife Commission to get wolf management update

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- An update on the status of gray wolves in Washington, including a wrap-up of the state's September effort to eliminate the Wedge Pack in northern Stevens County, will be presented Friday to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in Olympia. Nate Pamplin,...


Wedge Pack wolves average size, scales show

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The seven Wedge Pack wolves killed by Washington Fish and Wildlife officers in August and September were healthy, but not necessarily beefy from their diet of livestock. Read this report by Northwest Sportsman editor Andy Walgamott for updates and details on the...

MONDAY, OCT. 1, 2012

Roskelley: Wedge pack’s demise was done deal months ago

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Former Spokane County Commissioner (and current candiate) John Roskelley of Spokane claims the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife was not being genuine with the public in its handling of the summer wolf attacks in northern Stevens County and ultimately the elimination...


Here we go: legislators chime in on eliminating wolf pack

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- While state and federal officials have killed at least 74 wolves related to livestock attacks in Montana this year, killing wolves is new in Washington. After six wolves in the cattle-attacking Wedge Pack were eliminated in northern Stevens County last week, Washington...

FRIDAY, SEPT. 28, 2012

Bad week for wolves in Washington and elsewhere

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Some people are cheering and others are mourning Washington's mission involving a helicopter and gunman to kill six wolves this week and eliminate the Wedge Pack in northern Stevens County. Eliminating a pack is a milestone in Washington wolf recovery and management....

THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2012

Officials “pretty sure” they killed entire Wedge Pack

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- "We don't know that we got them all, but we couldn't find any more," said Dave Ware, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department Game Division manager, explaining the agency's decision today to wrap up its mission to eliminate the Wedge Pack of wolves...


WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012

State kills 3 more Wedge Pack wolves today

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Three wolves from the Wedge Pack in northern Stevens County were killed by a shooter in a helicopter today as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife continued its effort to stop persistent attacks on livestock by eliminating the pack. Since early...


Pro-wolf groups stir up ranks to protest killing of Wedge Pack

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Pro-wolf groups aren't all standing by as Washington Fish and Wildlife staffers try to eliminate the cattle-preying Wedge Pack in northern Stevens County. Here's a form letter being promoted by the Center for Biological Diversity: Dear John, Only seven wolf packs live...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012

State shoots 2 wolves in Wedge Pack today; 6 or more to go

ENDANGERED SPECIES – Shooting from a helicopter, a marksman with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife killed two wolves in Northeast Washington today as part of an effort to eliminate a pack that has repeatedly preyed on livestock in a remote grazing area near...

SATURDAY, SEPT. 22, 2012

State aims to eliminate wolf pack: more details

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- More information about the decision to kill the entire Wedge Pack of wolves responsible for killing wolves this summer in northern Stevens County is in my news story in today's paper.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2012

Cattlemen, pro-wolf groups weigh in on Wedge Pack death sentence

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department in conjuction with a livestock group and a wildlife conservation group have just issued statement's on the previously reported state decision to eliminate an entire wolf pack that's been attacking cattle in northern Stevens county. "In...


Death sentence issued for entire wolf pack in Wedge area

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- One thing's for sure: Beef is not healthy for wolves. At a public meeting in Colville Thursday night, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department announced intentions to eliminate the entire Wedge Pack of wolves that have killed or injured at least 15...

THURSDAY, SEPT. 20, 2012

Wedge wolves topic of Colville public meeting tonight

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- At the request of Stevens County ranchers and commissioners, Washington Department of fish and Wildlife officials will present an update on their efforts to deal with gray wolves that have killed or injured at least 15 cattle since mid-July. Some of the...

MONDAY, SEPT. 17, 2012

More dead cattle but no dead wolves reported in Wedge

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department hasn't had much to report regarding its less than fruitful efforts to curb the cattle killing by gray wolves in the Wedge area of northern Stevens County. The toll is about 15 cattle confirmed killed or...

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5, 2012

TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2012

Wolf attacks on cattle continue; state resumes hunt on Wedge Pack

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Before taking a break for the holiday weekend, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department officers confirmed that wolves had attacked two more cattle on private land in northern Stevens County, this time on private land. See details in this report by Andy Walgamott...

FRIDAY, AUG. 24, 2012

Investigators find dead wolf in northern Stevens County

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- State officers were unsuccessful this week as they attempted to trap and possibly kill up to four wolves in northern Stevens County -- but they found the carcass of a gray wolf that had died of some other means. The carcass reportedly...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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