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WOLVES
Killing wolves to protect cattle may backfire

Killing wolves to protect cattle may backfire

By Sarah Jane Keller

A new study raises questions about how to handle livestock conflicts. In two decades of studying large carnivores, nature has never failed to surprise Rob Wielgus. For example, he and his student found in 2013 that cougar hunting does not reduce complaints about …

Reward offered for info about wolf killed in national forest

Reward offered for info about wolf killed in national forest

By Ann McCreary
Conservation groups are offering a reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for killing the breeding female of the Teanaway gray wolf pack in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. …
After fires, one pup survives in Lookout Pack

After fires, one pup survives in Lookout Pack

By Ann McCreary

Last summer’s wildfire appears to have taken a toll on Lookout Pack gray wolves, leaving only one surviving pup from this year’s litter. “The fire burned over what we thought was the original den or …

WDFW seeks candidates for state Wolf Advisory Group

WDFW seeks candidates for state Wolf Advisory Group

By Ann McCreary
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking candidates to serve for the next two years on the committee that advises the department on wolf recovery and management. WDFW Director Phil Anderson will appoint up to 12…
Methow cattle ranchers take part in WSU wolf study

Methow cattle ranchers take part in WSU wolf study

By Ann McCreary
Cattle ranchers Shauna and Dave Hicks said they had “mixed feelings” when they were asked to participate this summer in research investigating conflicts between wolves and livestock, funded by the Washington state Legislature. “As most ranchers would say, the less …
Lookout Pack wolf pup apparent victim of fires

Lookout Pack wolf pup apparent victim of fires

A Lookout Pack wolf pup was apparently the victim of this summer’s wildfires in mountains near the Methow Valley. Researchers conducting a study into wolf/livestock conflicts found the remains of a wolf pup a few weeks ago. The researchers have been monitoring the location of the Lookout Pack via a radio collar on one of...
Conservation groups seek reversal of WDFW wolf ruling

Conservation groups seek reversal of WDFW wolf ruling

By Ann McCreary Conservation groups are asking Gov. Jay Inslee to reverse the state wildlife commission’s denial of a petition asking for rules that limit killing wolves as a means of dealing with livestock depredations. Eight conservation groups filed a petition …
Wolves targeted in Stevens County

Wolves targeted in Stevens County

WDFW will allow killing of Huckleberry Pack wolves preying on sheep flock The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) said in a press release this week that it was continuing efforts to find and remove up to four wolves from a pack that has killed at least 22 sheep from a flock grazing in...
Collared gray wolf will help statewide study

Collared gray wolf will help statewide study

By Ann McCreary
A female gray wolf in the Lookout Pack has been captured and fitted with a radio collar, enabling biologists and researchers …
Twisp-area dog escapes ‘scary’ wolf attack with injuries

Twisp-area dog escapes ‘scary’ wolf attack with injuries

By Ann McCreary
Mandy and Paul Schmekel say they’re keeping a close eye on their four young boys after two wolves attacked a family dog last week …