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UPDATED: Wed., July 1, 2020

In brief: Conservation group asks for standardization of range riding procedures

The Lands Council issued a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee’s office this week calling upon the governor’s office to mandate WDFW’s standardization of the practice of range riding to protect …


WDFW: Wolf depredations confirmed in Leadpoint pack territory, more nonlethal deterrents deployed

On June 19, WDFW staff conducted investigations of four injured calves in a private pasture in Stevens County. These incidents occurred within the Leadpoint pack territory.


UPDATED: Fri., June 19, 2020

WDFW authorizes lethal removal of Ferry County wolves for second time in a year

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife authorized the lethal removal of wolves in Ferry County’s Kettle River mountain range on Friday.


Sophia Ressler: Washington’s cougar-hunting increase won’t improve public safety

Washington’s Fish and Wildlife Commission recently voted 6-3 to allow cougars to be killed at the highest levels in five years. It’s the latest misguided decision by a commission that …


Wolf trapping deemed essential business in Washington

Wolf trapping was deemed essential work, Friday.


As Washington’s wolf population continues to grow, some wonder when will they spread out

Washington’s annual wolf report, released Monday, was a mixed bag, according to regional conservation groups.


UPDATED: Mon., April 20, 2020

Report: Washington’s wolf population grows at least 11% in 2019

Washington’s wolf population grew at least 11% between 2018 and 2019, despite the death of 21 wolves from hunting, lethal removal and predation.


Washington wolf management draws comments from across the nation

Washington wildlife managers received 7,798 comments about the future of wolves, with the majority of those comments coming from out-of-state.


Wandering wolf that captivated the world is believed dead

A wolf that wandered thousands of miles from Oregon and became the first wild wolf spotted in California in almost 90 years before returning to Oregon and starting a pack …


Wolves, cougars ambush smaller predators attracted by scraps

Wolves, cougars and other large predators are killing smaller carnivores, potentially controlling notoriously fecund species like coyotes.


UPDATED: Mon., March 16, 2020

In Washington, annual wolf count sets policy for the coming year

On a warm day in March, Ben Maletzke crouched beneath a gaggle of pine trees and examined a slight indentation in the shaded snow at his feet. Maletzke was in …


Lawsuit limits where and how federal agency may kill wolves in Idaho

Where and how the federal government may kill Idaho wolves has been curtailed, at least temporarily.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 22, 2020

Idaho Fish and Game approves year-round wolf hunts after weighing over 27,000 comments

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Thursday approved


Amaroq Weiss: It’s time for a change in how Washington manages its wolves

The range riders were supposed to be watching cattle on grazing allotments in Ferry County. Instead, according to documents revealed in late January by court proceedings, they appear to have …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 5, 2020

Washington bill would mandate collaring wolves in “problem packs”

A bill mandating radio collars on wolves in “problem packs” is making its way through the Washington Legislature this week.


Idaho Fish and Game moves to expand wolf hunting, trapping season

Less than a week after an Idaho lawmaker proposed “wolf-free zones” and year-round wolf hunting seasons, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission has


Idaho agency wants to spend $408,000 a year to count wolves

Idaho’s top wildlife official on Tuesday requested authorization from state lawmakers to spend $408,000 to count wolves.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 26, 2020

Investigation: Ferry County range riders were in Spokane when they were supposed to be patrolling

Washington’s wildlife agency is recommending second-degree theft charges be filed against several contract employees tasked with keeping wolves from killing cattle in northeast Washington.


25 years later: Politics, myths and the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone

In the same year that Yellowstone National Park marks the 25th anniversary of


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Collared Washington wolf legally killed in Idaho

A collared wolf from the Stranger pack in Washington wandered into Idaho and was legally killed, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reported Monday.


Judge dismisses two of three wolf-related claims against WDFW

On Friday, a King County Superior Court judge dismissed two of three claims against the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in a case filed in August 2019, according to …


Two Yellowstone wolf pups killed by vehicle; habituation to blame, biologist says

A Yellowstone National Park male and female wolf pup were killed by a vehicle in November and a park official is blaming some park visitors for making them less afraid …


Wolf advisory meeting scheduled

The next Washington Wolf Advisory meeting will be Jan. 8 and 9 in Tumwater.


WDFW responds to Gov. Jay Inslee’s request to kill fewer wolves

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to a request from the Governor to kill fewer wolves, last week.


Judge dismisses parts of 2018 wolf lawsuit

On Nov. 1, a Thurston County Superior Court judge dismissed three of four claims against the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in a case filed by the Center for …


Fewer Yellowstone wolves equals no wolf-on-wolf deaths

For the first time in 24 years, Yellowstone National Park’s wolf project staff found no evidence in 2018 of wolves killing each other.


WDFW extends wolf comment period

The chance to comment on how Washington’s gray wolves should be managed once they are no longer a state endangered species has been extended until Nov. 15.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

The Cowboy Whisperer: Ferry County range rider works to build understanding in Washington wolf country

Wolves are thriving in Washington, with their populations growing an average of 28% per year. But tolerance for wolves is, in Daniel Curry’s view, on the ropes. And every time …


WDFW commission will consider wolves, cougars, bears, fish

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to hear updates on wolf, cougar and bear management, and a number of proposed revisions to fishing regulations on Friday and Saturday.


Broken Yellowstone wolf teeth reveal theory about ice age extinctions

This may be a tale that only dentists can appreciate, but the teeth of dead Yellowstone wolves are helping scientists understand the life of predators more than 11,000 years ago.