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WA, OR wolves higher profile in annual report 27 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- In past years, Washington and Oregon have been little more than footnotes in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service annual report on western gray wolves in the Northern Rockies. However, the 2010 report gives the relatively new breeding packs in those states...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2011

Western gray wolf photographed in Montana. (Tracy Brooks / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

One year of wolf numbers nothing to bank on 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The 2010 annual report on the Northern Rockies gray wolf poplation released this week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seems to have given everyone some ammunition. Overall the wolf population has remained roughly the same. However, while Montana and Wyoming...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011



FRIDAY, FEB. 25, 2011

Wolf poaching in Methow confirmed

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Washington Fish and Wildlife Department officials this week confirmed the killing of an adult male gray wolf, shot in Eastern Washington more than a year ago and dumped in eastern Skagit County. Investigators believe the wolf was shot somewhere east of Rainy...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 22, 2011

Wolves are hunting elk on the open canyon slopes of northeastern Oregon. (Courtesy photo)

Oregon wolves out in the open 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Blue Mountains elk winter in the low open canyon slopes of Oregon, and the recent-arrival gray wolves figured that out fast. These wolves made themselves at home on the open slopes in northeastern Oregon near Pendleton, where they've been feeding on elk,...

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Montana surveying right-wing boundaries

OUTDOOR POLITICS -- Two Associated Press news stories this week out of the Montana Legislature give sportsmen reason to pause and wonder if these are the healthiest approaches to the issues. Republicans enthused by Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s recent tough talk on wolves are getting...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 18, 2011

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16, 2011

Cattlemen sue feds over region's wolves

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A Washington state cattle group is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to force the agency to review federal protections for gray wolves in the Northern Rockies. Attorneys for the Washington Cattlemen’s Association say the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S....

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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
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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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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 -- 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

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