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MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2015

Idaho wolf packs and distribution reported at the end of 2014. (Idaho Department of Fish and Game)

Enviros haggle over Idaho wolf numbers 96 

PREDATORS -- There's no way and no reason to count every single wolf in Idaho. But some environmental groups that need to stay in the headlines to keep the outrage and money flowing are contesting Idaho's recently released 2014 year-end wolf population estimates. Despite the...

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MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015

This trail cam photo showing two gray wolves near an elk carcass enabled Washington wildlife officials to confirm the Wenatchee Pack. The camera was put out by hunting guide Stuart Hurd in March 2013.

Wolf bills still lurking Washington Legislature 80 

WILDLIFE -- Several of the wolf-related bills introduced in the 2015 Washington Legislature are still alive. Here's an update from the Wenatchee World: OLYMPIA -- State lawmakers in both the house and senate passed bills dealing with wolves that are sponsored by Republicans from northeastern...

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This gray wolf pup is from the Calder Mountain pack along the Montana-Idaho border. Associated Press
 (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho reauthorizes fund to control wolves 

PREDATORS — Idaho lawmakers have approved spending $400,000 to control wolves where they threaten livestock, pets or public resources. The Spokesman-Review's Betsy Russell reports that the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee approved the money Tuesday for the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board. The vote maintains the operating...

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Nancy Taylor had owned Wolf People for 13 years when this photo was taken in 2006. 
 (Mike Kincaid / The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho suspends license of Wolf People store

WILDLIFE -- Idaho means it when the rules say keep your visitors' hands off the wolves. State officials have suspended the commercial license of a Wolf People, a North Idaho company along U.S.95 near Cocolalla that exhibits 23 live wolves for among other things, violating...

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Wolf-killed sheep from Dashiell flock on private timber company land grazing lease in southern Stevens County in August 2014. (Stevens County Cattlemen's Association)

Enviros sue to prevent wolf control in Washington 277 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Turning a cold shoulder to the social and economic issues of wolf recovery, five environmental groups including The Lands Council based in Spokane say they have filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program. The groups are...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2015

Oregon wolf packs at the beginning of 2015 are charted in the state's 2014 Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Annual Report.  (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Report: Oregon wolves multiplied, expanded in 2014 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Oregon has released its draft 2014 Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Annual Report and it's available online. The report, required by the federal government for states dealing with gray wolf recovery, includes the 2014 update for Oregon’s Wolf Population. Nine wolf packs...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2015

A wolf photographed by a trail camera on at 8:58 a.m. on April 30, 2011, by Western Transportation Institute.  In July, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department said DNA evidence confirmed that a fourth documented wolf pack had been confirmed in Washington. A radio-collared wolf helped them peg the pack in Kittitas County. It's been called the Teanaway Pack. (Western Transportation Institute)

Wolf bills debated in Washington Legislature 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- House and Senate committees in the 2015 Washington Legislature considered bills Wednesday to deal with the issue of livestock-killing wolves in eastern Washington, according to a report by Jacob Rummel of Washington State University's Murrow News Service The bills are aimed at...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 12, 2015

The Ruby Creek wolf was trapped, radio collared and released by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists in 2013 (Rich Landers)

Ruby Creek wolf caught, taken to Wolf Haven 15 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A wolf that had become habituated to humans, and could cause problems if left in the wild, was captured Wednesday (Feb. 11) by state wildlife officials in northeast Washington and placed in a Western Washington wolf sanctuary. The adult female wolf, the...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 2015

In 2008, the gray wolf, which was re-introduced to the northern Rockies in 1995, flipflopped off and back on the Endangered Species list, endured a brief hunting season in Wyoming, negotiated the Snake River to take up residence in Oregon and had its first comfirmed litter of pups in Washington since the 1930s.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Panel tackles wolf issues Thursday at Gonzaga 

ENDANGERED SPECIES --Six panelists with different viewpoints will speak on the revival of wolves in the Northwest during a program tonight, 7 p.m., at Gonzaga University’s Jepson Center, Wolff Auditorium, 502 E. Boone Ave. Moderated by Rich Landers, Outdoors editor at The Spokesman-Review, the discussion...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 10, 2015

Graphic shows range of gray wolves captured in Washington and fitted with GPS collars for monitoring by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife researchers. (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department)

Wolf Advisory Group expands from 9 to 18 members 27 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Nine members have been added to the committee that advises the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on wolf recovery and management. Their appointments, for two-year terms that run through 2016, bring the Wolf Advisory Group’s membership to 18. Jim Unsworth, who...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2015

THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2015

TUESDAY, FEB. 3, 2015

FRIDAY, JAN. 30, 2015

Idaho Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist Lacy Robinson talks about a wolf pup survival study in a public presentation. (Kathy Plonka)

Idaho director weary of wolf-facts distortion 66 

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- Since Idaho's main wolf biologist, Jim Hayden, made a routine presentation on the status of the state's wolf population to the state Fish and Game Commission two weeks ago, the spin on the numbers has been dizzying -- and distorting. IFG Director...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2015

This undated image provided by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks shows a wolf in Montana. (Associated Press)

Montana tries profit incentive to boost wolf control 13 

PREDATORS -- Montana hunters and trappers aren't killing enough wolves to keep the population down to state management goals. So... Montana hunters, trappers may now export wolf pelts In order to keep hunters and trappers interested in wolves, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks successfully requested...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2015

TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2015

FRIDAY, JAN. 16, 2015

THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2015

TUESDAY, JAN. 13, 2015

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