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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 …
Methow will be part of wolf research program

Methow will be part of wolf research program

By Ann McCreary
The Methow Valley will be included in a research program that will investigate non-lethal interventions to reduce conflicts between livestock and wolves. The Lookout Pack is one of six packs in eastern Washington that will …
Study: State’s gray wolf population steady in 2013

Study: State’s gray wolf population steady in 2013

By Ann McCreary
Gray wolves established four new packs in Washington over the past year, bringing the total number to 13 packs, and the state is home to five successful breeding pairs including the Methow Valley’s Lookout Pack, according to …
Lookout wolves: Wildlife officials say pack is up to five members

Lookout wolves: Wildlife officials say pack is up to five members

By Ann McCreary
Wildlife officials have confirmed that five gray wolves, believed to be a breeding pair and their offspring, are living in the Lookout Pack territory in the mountains southwest of Twisp. “As of late December …
Sharp divisions remain in debate over removing wolves from federal protection

Sharp divisions remain in debate over removing wolves from federal protection

By Ann McCreary
Local politicians and conservationists have weighed in on opposites sides of the debate over a proposal to remove gray wolves from protection under the Federal Endangered Species Act. As home to the Lookout Pack …

Commenting period extended for proposed wolf management rules

By Ann McCreary
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has extended the public comment period on its proposal to remove nearly all gray wolves in the nation from the endangered species list.

WDFW adopts new wolf-management rules

Farmers and pet owners in the eastern third of Washington will be allowed to shoot a wolf caught in the act of attacking livestock or pets under a new rule approved by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. The commission amended several state wildlife interaction rules, including those addressing conflicts between wolves and livestock, during...