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MONDAY, SEPT. 15, 2014


Biologist to update North Idaho wolf pack status at meeting

PREDATORS -- Wayne Wakkinen, Idaho Department of Fish and Game regional wildlife manager, will give an update on gray wolves in North Idaho during the agency’s monthly Sportsmen’s Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, at Lake City Senior Center, 1916 N. Lakewood Dr. Breakfast costs...

FRIDAY, SEPT. 12, 2014


Wolf research booms in age of radio collaring

PREDATORS -- While polarized factions tangle over every messy step of gray wolf reintroduction to the Northern Rockies, wildlife researchers keep putting radio collars on wolves and learning more and more about the species every year. Wolf haters like to hold onto the pre-1995 wolf...

THURSDAY, SEPT. 4, 2014

TUESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2014

Rancher: Being forced off private grazing land by wolves is wrong

UPDATED 1:30 p.m. with response to rancher from Conservation Northwest. ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Following in this post is a just-released statement from northeastern Washington rancher Dave Dashiell regarding his experience with the Huckleberry wolf pack on private timber company ground he leased for grazing this...


Sheep moved off private grazing area to prevent wolf attacks

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Stevens County livestock producers say it's a bad precedent to allow sheep-eating wolves to force livestock off private land. But that appears to be what happened over the weekend. After at least 24 sheep were killed by the Huckleberry wolf pack since...

THURSDAY, AUG. 28, 2014

Pro-wolf groups pressure Gov. Inslee to curb wolf control

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Environmental groups who've been unable to persuade Washington wildlife officials into letting wolves eat as many sheep as they like in southern Stevens County are pressuring Gov. Jay Inslee to clamp down on wolf management when it comes to lethal control efforts....


Huckleberry Pack attacks more sheep in Stevens County

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Even though two more sheep were found injured from wolf attacks this week, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department is planning to suspend trapping and ground helicopter gunners through the Labor Day weekend to avoid conflicts with recreationists and hunters out for...


Ranchers: wolf attacks shouldn’t force sheep off private land

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Northeastern Washington ranchers are standing up for private property rights to counter pro-wolf groups that are pressuring Washington Fish and Wildlife officials to force a sheep rancher off private timber company lands to avoid wolf attacks. Here's the latest update on the...


Oregon wolf pack one livestock attack away from lethal action

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- One of Oregon’s wolf packs is one livestock attack away from becoming the first to be considered for a kill order under the state’s unique rules. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Wednesday that the Umatilla Pack, which roams mostly...

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2014

Wolf update: Huckleberry Pack avoids helicopter gunners

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Still only one wolf has been killed in a helicopter gunning operation that started Aug. 22 to kill up to four wolves from the Huckleberry Pack that's been attacking sheep in southern Stevens County. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has...

Dogs protecting sheep from predators testy toward hikers

HIKING -- The large guard dogs such as great Pyrenees and Akbash that pro-wolf groups recommend for guarding livestock from predators such as cougars, bears and wolves don't necessarily distinguish between 4-legged and 2-legged critters passing through public lands: Guard dogs for sheep herds continue...

TUESDAY, AUG. 26, 2014

Idaho joins hunt for citizen wolf observations

PREDATORS -- Idaho is asking the public to help in the task of monitoring the whereabouts of wolves. "Scouting for upcoming hunting seasons, huckleberry picking, and general late summer recreating are all good reasons for getting away to Idaho’s great outdoors," says the media release....

MONDAY, AUG. 25, 2014

Correction: Huckleberry Pack can’t be sorted by color

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- I have confirmed an error in my Sunday evening report regarding the helicopter gunning operation to kill some wolves in the Huckleberry Pack that have killed at least 22 sheep and injured at least three more in six separate incidents on a...

SUNDAY, AUG. 24, 2014

Helicopter gunners kill at least 1 Huckleberry Pack wolf

UPDATED WITH CORRECTION 6:17 p.m. on Aug. 25 ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The first wolf was killed in a helicopter gunning operation to stave off attacks on a flock of 1,800 sheep in northeastern Washington Saturday evening. The kill apparently came shortly after Washington Department of...

SATURDAY, AUG. 23, 2014

State gunners ordered to kill 4 wolves in Huckleberry pack

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A death sentence has been issued for a portion of a wolf pack that’s killed at least 22 sheep this month in southern Stevens County Efforts to haze and deter the Huckleberry Pack from attacking a flock of 1,800 sheep grazing on...

THURSDAY, AUG. 21, 2014

New wolf kill authorization broader than state law

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Some readers reacting to my recent report have pointed out that the public already has the right in Eastern Washington to shoot a wolf that threatens a person or domestic animals even though wolves are protected by state endangered species laws. So...

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20, 2014

State gives sheep rancher OK to kill attacking wolves

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A northeastern Washington wolf pack that’s acquired a taste for sheep could get a taste of lethal force. A rancher and state wildlife officials herding 1,800 sheep away from the site of recent wolf attacks in southern Stevens County received the OK...

FRIDAY, AUG. 15, 2014

Wolves kill 14 sheep in Stevens County

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed that one or more wolves from the Huckleberry Pack in southern Stevens County killed 12 sheep Aug. 11 and two more Aug. 12 on private property off the Springdale-Hunters Road. The attack just...

SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014

Cougar incidents keep local wildlife officers busy

WILDLIFE – Cougars have been conspicuously on the prowl recently in the Spokane area, resulting in dead llamas and a dead cougar. On July 4, Mike Sprecher, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife police officer, investigated the scene where two llamas apparently were killed by...

FRIDAY, AUG. 30, 2013

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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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