Washington Wolf Killed After Judge Approves Lethal Action

A wolf in Washington has been killed following multiple cattle deaths and a lawsuit that resulted in a judge blocking and then approving lethal removal. Wildlife officials with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed that a GPS collared male member of the Togo wolf pack was killed after preying on livestock. The wolf […]

Judge blocks order to kill pack of wolves

SPOKANE, Wash. — A judge in Washington has issued an emergency order blocking the state from killing members of a wolf pack that have been preying on cattle. The Department of Fish and Wildlife had announced Monday morning that it would immediately begin efforts to kill members of the wolf pack who had been preying […]

Togo wolf pack members kill another cow in northeast Washington

Members of the Togo wolf pack killed a cow in the Colville National Forest and injured another last week, according to state wildlife officials. The Togo pack is responsible for five depredations in the last 10 months, including two in November 2017 and one in May. On Wednesday Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials were […]

Washington’s wolf peacemaker ends her tenure

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — High-profile mediator Francine Madden this week wrapped up her three-year mission to corral the conflicts humans have over wolves in Washington. Madden succeeded in getting people with different views to collaborate, but money to fund her contract has run out, Department of Fish and Wildlife wolf manager Donny Martorello said. Madden teared […]

Cattle producer says wolves cause breeding problems

A troubling trend has occurred for ranchers in NE Washington, the Capital Press is reporting, as an area rancher said their cattle are experiencing breeding issues since the migration of wolves to the area. According to the Diamond M Ranch’s Len McIrvin, the rate of female cows ranging for them that didn’t become pregnant has […]

Wolves breed problems for Washington ranchers

Fewer cows have been breeding on the range since wolves migrated to northeast Washington, an economic loss little known outside the cattle industry, according to the owners of the region’s largest ranch. The Diamond M ranch estimates that the rate of “open cows” — females that didn’t become pregnant — has increased to about 20 […]

Washington ranching rivals agree on one thing: wolves

Two rival Washington cattlemen’s groups issued a joint communique Wednesday stating their shared discontent over wolves. The statement from the Washington Cattlemen’s Association and Cattle Producers of Washington stemmed from a summit last month in Ellensburg. The Washington Farm Bureau also participated and sent out the announcement that agricultural organizations are “fed up with wolves.” […]

Gray wolves could soon return to native territory in Western Washington

There are at least 122 wolves in the state comprising 22 known packs. Three conservation zones exist, which the state uses to study wolf packs. One is the Eastern zone encompassing everything east of Highway 97. This is where 106 of the known wolves are, with many concentrated in the northeast corner of the state […]

Compensation to ranchers small part of Washington’s wolf budget

Washington ranchers received $3,700 in compensation last year for livestock attacked by wolves, out of the $1.27 million the Department of Fish and Wildlife spent on wolves. The department’s total spending, contained in a recently released report on wolf recovery, was in line with previous years. Wolf-related expenditures have topped $1 million a year since […]

Washington’s wolf population surge slows, worrying advocates

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Growth in Washington’s gray wolf population slowed dramatically last year, raising concerns from an environmental group that says the state should stop killing wolves that prey on livestock. At the end of 2017, Washington was home to at least 122 wolves, 22 packs and 14 successful breeding pairs, the state Department […]