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Lookout Pack moves to winter range

Nov. 18, 2009 Three adults, four pups in pack as they move to lower elevations By Joyce Campbell The Methow Valley’s wolf pack is back from their summer range in the high mountains of the Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness and Twisp River Valley. A collaboration of agencies and conservation groups are monitoring the seven-member Lookout Pack by...

Wolf team gets earful at Okanogan forum

Nov. 11, 2009   By Joyce Campbell The state wildlife department’s wolf planning team may have bitten off more than it can chew. More than a hundred cattlemen, hunters, county and state elected officials and other citizens gathered to inform and be informed about the state’s draft wolf management and conservation plan at the Okanogan...

The Wolf Plan: control and compensation

Oct. 28, 2009 By Joyce Campbell The state wildlife department is taking the draft wolf conservation and management plan on the road and taking comments and questions about wolf recovery from – so far – mostly angry and dissatisfied citizens. “We are NOT re-introducing wolves in Washington,” said Madonna Luers, information officer for the Washington Department...

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...