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WOLVES

State wolf plan presents options to public

Oct. 14, 2009 By Joyce Campbell Wolves have returned to Washington State after 70 years of extirpation and state wildlife managers are seeking public comments on their draft plan to manage and conserve the species. The 300-page document released for comment on Oct. 5 is the work of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife staff,...

Sighting confirms trio of wolf cubs

Aug. 14, 2009  By Joyce Campbell A visitor to the valley was the first to sight three gray wolf pups and wildlife biologists have confirmed that the Lookout Pack is raising at least a trio with the help of a “babysitter.” “There’s one,” said Barbara Mattingly, an earth science teacher from Indiana who was visiting...

Carlton resident says wolves killed chickens

Aug. 12, 2009 By Joyce Campbell “I saw it twice and I really think it’s a wolf,” said Michelle Mondot, who learned the hard way that protecting her chickens from predators starts with prevention, not with scaring them off. She went out to do chicken chores on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 2, and found...

Lookout Pack has new litter; wolves confirmed in Pend Oreille County

July 15, 2009 By Joyce Campbell Two breeding gray wolf packs with pups have been confirmed in Washington state after state and federal wildlife researchers conducted howling surveys in Okanogan and Pend Oreille counties last week. A howling survey by a state wildlife biologist at dusk on Friday (July 10) confirmed that the Methow Valley’s...

Wolf poaching investigation continues

June 24, 2009 By Joyce Campbell The federal investigation into an alleged gray wolf poaching by members of a Twisp family is still ongoing. “Due to the nature of the investigation, I can’t talk about where the focus of the investigation is or what we’re looking at,” said Joan Jewett, spokesperson for the U.S. Fish...

Living among predators

June 17, 2009 By Joyce Campbell Black bears, cougars coyotes and gray wolves, though seldom seen, are our neighbors in the Methow Valley and however unlikely, surprise encounters with these large predators could potentially present dangers to people. “Try to avoid sudden encounters,” said Dennis Ryan, Okanogan County Field Coordinator for the North Cascades Grizzly...

Cows may graze in wolf area

June 10, 2009 Cattlemen must take measures to limit conflict By Joyce Campbell Cattle and wolves are home on the range together in Okanogan County where ranchers and federal agencies have agreed to new conservation measures to reduce risks to livestock without adversely affecting the wolves. Ranchers have turned out cattle on Forest Service grazing...

Report inconclusive; rancher said he saw wolves near dead cow

June 3, 2009 By Joyce Campbell While a government report has found no conclusive evidence that wolves were involved in the death of a Methow Valley cow last month, the rancher who owned the animal is certain that his new canine neighbors are responsible. Preliminary results of an investigation into the cause of the cow’s...

Proof of suspected wolf kill may elude investigators

May 29, 2009 Canine tracks found near scene, but cow carcass was too old to determine actual cause of death By Joyce Campbell Federal and state wildlife officials say that while gray wolves may have been involved in the death of a cow near Twisp last week, proof will be difficult to obtain. “By the...

Lookout pack’s alpha female wolf appears pregnant

April 15, 2009 WDFW says most people support natural return of wolves to state By Joyce Campbell Three members of Washington’s wild gray wolf pack were observed last week, including the alpha female who “looked to be very pregnant.” “We saw two collared wolves and one of last year’s pups. They all looked healthy,” said...