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  • Lethal force authorized for wolves preying on Stevens County sheep

    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 …


  • Out & About: Rare wolf-dog hookup indicates wolf population thin

    OUTBRED – Last week, the saga of wolf recovery in Washington took a strange tryst. News that a large domestic guard dog got loose and mated with a female gray …


  • Idaho officials seek to allow wolf baiting in Panhandle

    Hunters in the Idaho Panhandle would be allowed to bait wolves under a proposal being discussed by state officials. Idaho Fish and Game officials want more hunters to take a …


  • 2013 outdoors: Wolf issues

    The gray wolf, reintroduced to the Rockies in the mid-1990s, continued to leave its mark across the Northwest in 2013 and into the legislatures. Here are some highlights. • Idaho …


  • Idaho Senate OKs wolf fund

    BOISE – The Senate voted 26-8 to divert money from a Department of Fish and Game hunter-access program to wolf control, an effort backed by the state’s livestock industry. Wednesday’s …


  • Field Reports: Montana curbs increase of wolves

    PREDATORS – Montana wildlife officials say hunting and other measures have turned the tide on the growth of gray wolf populations increasing since the 1900s. At least 625 wolves inhabited …


  • Wolf hunts affect Yellowstone study

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. – Yellowstone National Park has lost a record number of wolves to this year’s hunting season, and that’s left scientists scrambling to keep years of research …


  • Landers: Tough decisions loom for wolves

    How Washington will handle the gray wolves that are moving into the state and expanding at a rapid rate is a work in progress. But while the methods are debatable, …


  • Fewer wolves killed

    LEWISTON – Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials say hunters have killed 116 wolves this hunting season through Dec. 15, about the halfway point of the 2012-’13 wolf hunting …


  • Landers: TV show tackles contentious wolf hunting issue

    Washington leaped this week to a contentious milestone in the early stages of its modern wolf management era. The state Fish and Wildlife Department has killed the first gray wolf …


  • People still believe too many myths about wolves

    While wolves generate passionate polarized responses from people who love or hate them, it’s pretty clear that most people don’t give a damn. Speaking before several service clubs in recent …


  • Man guilty of illegal wolf hunting, transport

    A Twisp man pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to kill a protected wolf and send its pelt to a friend in Canada in return for the friend’s help in illegally …


  • Field reports: State Parks staff to be cut 30 percent

    PUBLIC LANDS – Nearly a third of Washington’s year-round state parks staffers are being notified this week they likely will be laid off as a result of lagging sales of …


  • Idaho wolf trapping season opens Tuesday

    The first wolf trapping season since the predators were reintroduced to the Rocky Mountains will open in selected areas in the north half of Idaho on Tuesday. Demand is high …


  • Wolf hunts get court hearing

    PASADENA, Calif. – Wildlife advocates appeared in federal court Tuesday seeking to stop gray wolf hunts that are already well under way in the Northern Rockies, arguing that Congress overstepped …


  • Panel considers wolf plan

    Washington is already home to five packs of gray wolves, and state wildlife managers are planning for more. On Thursday, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission deliberated on a wolf …


  • Montana begins wolf hunt season

    BILLINGS – Gray wolf hunts are under way in Montana and Idaho as state officials seek to sharply reduce the predator’s numbers in hopes of curbing attacks on livestock and …


  • Landers: Idaho wolf tag sales lagging, so far

    Idaho wolf tag purchases are barely better than home sales. Maybe it’s the economy or the recent lawsuits that threatened to stall the hunting season again, but wolf permits are …


  • Groups ask court to halt wolf hunts

    BOISE – Environmentalists have asked a federal appeals court for an emergency injunction to halt wolf hunts scheduled to start in a few weeks in Idaho and Montana. The request …


  • Idaho commission approves wolf hunt rules, dates

    The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has approved a new set of rules guiding public hunting and trapping of wolves in the state’s forests and backcountry.


  • Idaho wolf hunting plan: No limit

    Idaho is planning a fall wolf hunt with no overall limit - and no limits in four zones, the Panhandle, Lolo, Selway and Middle Fork zones - because of “documented …


  • Despite reservations, Otter signs wolf measure

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed into law a measure to allow the state to declare a disaster due to wolves and take emergency measures to combat the …


  • Otter signs wolf disaster bill into law

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed into law a measure to allow the state to declare a disaster due to wolves and take emergency measures to combat the animals.


  • Otter, officials to discuss wolf hunt

    LEWISTON – Officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game plan to meet with Gov. Butch Otter on Monday to discuss a public wolf hunting season. “We will be …


  • Idaho panel suspends wolf management

    The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday endorsed a decision by Gov. Butch Otter to halt state management of wolves.


  • Wolf talks at impasse, Schweitzer says

    BILLINGS – Montana’s governor said negotiations to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list have hit an impasse after Wyoming and Idaho refused to go along with an Interior …


  • State, federal leaders continue wolf talks

    BILLINGS – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and governors from three Northern Rockies states resumed negotiations Thursday to remove the region’s wolves from the endangered list, but reached no conclusions. Western …


  • Wolf negotiations resume, but no consensus

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and governors from three Northern Rockies states resumed negotiations today to remove the region’s wolves from the endangered list, but reached no conclusions.


  • Salazar, states discuss wolf management

    After years of legal wrangling over wolf management, the Obama administration and the governors of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming on Monday discussed crafting an end-game – including whether Congress should …


  • North Idaho sheriff denies raffle targets wolves

    GRANGEVILLE, Idaho – A northern Idaho sheriff said he is not advocating the illegal shooting of federally protected wolves by offering a hunting rifle and a shovel as the prize …

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