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MONDAY, DEC. 8, 2014

Wolf kills sheep near Whitman-Spokane county line

Updated12:10 p.m. on Dec. 9 with clarification about when sheep are being moved and quotes from sheep farmer involved. PREDATORS --The first sheep kill attributed to a wolf in Whitman County is being investigated by Washington wildlife officials. One ewe in a flock of about...

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 3, 2014

WSU study: Shooting wolves increases wolf attacks on livestock

PREDATORS -- Livestock growers are likely to disagree, to put it politely, with the findings of a wolf study just released by Washington State University. But here's the scoop: It is counter-productive to kill wolves to keep them from preying on livestock, according to the...

MONDAY, NOV. 17, 2014

Anti-wolf group initiates Spokane billboard campaign

PREDATORS -- A newly organized anti-wolf group says it's targeting Spokane with a billboard campaign "to inform residents about the reality of an increasing number of wolves in Washington State," according to a media release posted today. Four billboards featuring a snarling wolf are being...

TUESDAY, NOV. 4, 2014


Utah’s $50 bounty on coyotes may be boosting mule deer

HUNTING -- Although credible evidence has suggested that wholesale killing of coyotes ultimately stimulates coyotes to produce more pups, Utah officials say a $50 bounty on the predators is contributing at least somewhat to the state's recovery of mule deer. However, wildlife managers say habitat...

THURSDAY, OCT. 23, 2014

Sheep rancher: coyote control counterproductive

PREDATORS - One Idaho livestock grower is joining the growing ranks of going against the grain on traditional predator control: Federal agency killed 2,773 coyotes in Idaho in 2013 Most of the coyotes killed by Idaho Wildlife Services in Blaine County were killed at the...

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22, 2014

Ruby Creek wolf continues to elude state trappers

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A gray wolf that was deemed too comfortable with being around rural homes and pet dogs near Ione, Wash., has eluded state trappers intending to put the female wolf into captivity at wildlife facility near Tenio, Wash. State Fish and Wildlife officials...

FRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2014

Hunters tell it like it is at Lynnwood wolf management meeting

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- As predicted, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife-sponsored public meeting on wolf management held Tuesday in Lynwood had a different tone than the similar meeting held Oct. 7 in Colville. The public in Lynnwood blasted the state for killing any wolves...

MONDAY, OCT. 13, 2014

Wolf shot in Whitman County; charges pending

Updated 8 p.m. with response from state Fish and Wildlife police chief. ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A farmer is being investigated in the shooting of a gray wolf in Whitman County on Sunday. The wolf was shot southwest of Pullman, said Washington Department of Fish and...

TUESDAY, OCT. 7, 2014

State sets wolf management meeting in Lynnwood

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- Looks like Washington wildlife officials are planning to turn the other cheek after tonight's public meeting on wolf management in Colville. The West Side public will have an opportunity to discuss wolf management with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife leaders during...

MONDAY, OCT. 6, 2014

Public meeting on wolf management Tuesday in Colville

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- State wildlife officials are likely to hear from angry ranchers at a meeting Tuesday in Colville to discuss wolf management. The department says it will provide information about recent wolf attacks on sheep and cattle in northeast Washington. The predation and the...

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1, 2014

Pend Oreille County wolf to be captured, put in zoo

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A female wolf that's become too comfortable hanging around homes and domestic dogs near Ione will be captured and put in a Western Washington wildlife park, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials say. The capture, which is planned for this week,...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2014

Wolf attacks kill sheep, dogs in NE Oregon

ENDANGERED SPECIES — Two recent wolf attacks have killed eight sheep and two livestock-protection dogs in Umatilla County, Oregon officials have confirmed. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says the attacks took place Sept. 15 and 16 on public grazing land near Ruckle Junction...

MONDAY, SEPT. 29, 2014

Tab for Huckleberry wolf pack operation $53K

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Washington wildlife officials estimate they spent about $53,000 this summer to deal with the Huckleberry Pack attacks on a flock of 1,800 sheep on a grazing allotment in Stevens County. The costs were almost equally split between the effort to prevent attacks...

THURSDAY, SEPT. 25, 2014

TUESDAY, SEPT. 23, 2014

Think twice before taking Stevens County advice on shooting wolves

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Some muddy legal waters have been flowing out of Stevens County in recent weeks. Last week, Stevens County Commissioners passed a resolution condemning the state Department of Fish and Wildlife's management of gray wolves in northeastern Washington. There's a conflict of interest...

MONDAY, SEPT. 22, 2014

Should wolves be treated with less respect than other wildlife?

PREDATORS -- Whether on purpose or an accident, a self-professed champion for the eradication of wolves comes off looking like an animal. Read the story below... and decide for yourself. Montana FWP investigates Missoula man's wolf-killing claims Missoula resident Toby Bridges' Facebook post telling his...

THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 2014

Stevens County Commission condemns state wolf management

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Stevens County Commissioners have unanimously passed a resolution that hammers Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife managers for failing to protect people, wildlife and livestock from wolves that are naturally recolonizing the region. The resolution (attached) stems from the Huckleberry Pack attacks...

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 17, 2014

Ketchum wants Idaho to use nonlethal wolf control

PREDATORS — City leaders in the central Idaho resort town of Ketchum have passed a resolution requesting state officials use nonlethal methods to manage wolf conflicts with livestock in Blaine County. The city council in the resolution passed Monday said guard dogs, strobe lights and...

MONDAY, SEPT. 15, 2014

Another Washington wolf pack targets livestock

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A northeastern Washington wolf pack so new it hasn't been formally recognized has been confirmed in a livestock attack in Ferry County, state wildlife officials announced today. The Profanity Pack, which apparently was documented sometime this year by a biologist working with...


Activists shadowing wolf hunters in Montana

HUNTING -- Activists opposed to killing wolves outside Yellowstone National Park said Monday they are shadowing outfitters outside the park during wolf hunting seasons. Montana’s six-month general hunting season for gray wolves is underway after just one of the predators was reported taken during an...

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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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