Montana wolf payout bill called unethical

A pair of bills to encourage more people to kill wolves drew spirited debate at the Montana Legislature’s Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee Jan. 31. Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Brown, R-Thompson Falls, said the measures would restore balance to struggling elk and deer populations in his region. Opponents called the changes unnecessary and unethical. Brown’s […]

Wolves and Livestock Fact Sheet

MONTANA WOLF MANAGEMENT MAY SEE CHANGES

Changes are brewing for Montana wolf management. Nearly a dozen bills have been introduced within the state legislature that would change current hunting and trapping regulations for wolves throughout the state. If passed, they would allow for increased wolf hunting quotas and more scrutiny when it comes to trapping, the Independent Records reports.<<<Read More>>>

Game & Fish Continues Wolf Monitoring Effort

PINEDALE – In April of 2017, following some legal challenges, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department resumed management authority over wolves in Wyoming, outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Indian Reservation. A large part of management is monitoring wolf numbers, distribution, survival and overall demographics of the population to inform management decisions.  One tool […]

Wild wolves in crosshairs of German politics

Environmentalists have celebrated the return of the European grey wolf, a keystone species rooted in German folklore and the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm. But the animals provoke fear and loathing among sheep farmers, equestrians — and some mainly right-wing politicians, who have seized on the issue in a year with three regional elections in […]

Researcher says Washington’s wolf population likely larger than estimates

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The number of wolves in Washington state is likely much higher than previously thought, according to a University of Washington researcher who spent two years studying the animals using scat-sniffing dogs. Samuel Wasser said his dogs detected 95 wolves in one area of Stevens and Pend Oreille counties, in the rural […]

WOLVES STILL A HOT-BUTTON ISSUE AT LOCAL MEETING

Emotions were strong as hundreds of hunters and trappers from Northwest Montana made their feelings known about wolves in the region at a gathering Wednesday at the Red Lion in Kalispell. The meeting, one of a handful that have been held in Region 1 this winter, was organized by the Montana Sportsmen for Fish and […]

Wolf payout bill draws ethics challenge

A pair of bills to encourage more people to kill wolves drew spirited debate at the Legislature’s Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee on Thursday. Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Brown, R-Thompson Falls, said the measures would restore balance to struggling elk and deer populations in his region. Opponents called the changes unnecessary and unethical.<<<Read More>>>

‘Large-bodied’ Canadian wolves to help keep U.S. moose population in check

The transfer of up to six wolves from a northern Ontario island where they were starving to the U.S. is getting underway following a weeks-long delay caused by the federal government shutdown south of the border. The small pack, including the alpha male and female, will be moved from Michipicoten Island to Isle Royale National […]

Gray Wolf Listing Under California Endangered Species Act Upheld in California Superior Court

On January 28, 2019, the Superior Court for San Diego County upheld the California Fish and Game Commission’s (“Commission”) 2015 decision to list the gray wolf (canis lupus) under the California Endangered Species Act (“CESA”). (Cal. Cattlemen’s Assn. v. Cal. Fish & Game Com. (Super. Ct. San Diego County, 2019, No. 37-2017- 00003866-CU-MC-CTL).) CESA defines […]