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Lawsuits Say Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Plan Is Flawed

posted Mar 17, 2018, 8:20 PM by chloe owens

1/30/18, by Susan Montoya Bryan, US News

Lawsuits Say Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Plan Is Flawed

U.S. wildlife managers failed to adopt a recovery plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf that would protect against illegal killings and the consequences of inbreeding, according to lawsuits filed Tuesday by environmentalists. Two coalitions of environmental groups filed separate complaints in federal court in Arizona, marking the latest challenges in a decades-long battle over efforts to re-establish the predator in its historic range in the American Southwest and northern Mexico. The lawsuits alleges the plan adopted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service set inadequate population goals for the wolves, cut off access to vital habitat in other parts of the West and failed to respond to mounting genetic threats. "Mexican wolves urgently need more room to roam, protection from killing and more releases of wolves into the wild to improve genetic diversity, but the Mexican wolf recovery plan provides none of these things," said Earthjustice attorney Elizabeth Forsyth, who is representing the groups. "The wolves will face an ongoing threat to their survival unless major changes are made."



Eastern Washington Man Fined $8,000 for Killing Wolves

posted Mar 17, 2018, 8:20 PM by chloe owens

1/27/2018, by Associated Press, Herald Net

Eastern Washington man fined $8,000 for killing wolves

An eastern Washington state man who killed two wolves in northeastern Washington state has been fined more than $8,000. Terry Leroy Fowler, 55, of Liberty Lake received the fine Thursday in Pend Oreille County District Court after pleading guilty to two counts of unlawful taking of endangered wildlife…In the plea deal finalized Thursday, he pleaded guilty to killing two wolves. He’ll have to spend 30 days under home electronic monitoring, but a 364-day jail sentence was suspended. The fine issued to Fowler included $8,000 in restitution to Fish and Wildlife and $293 for court costs. State officials say two other wolf poaching cases are still under investigation in northeastern Washington state. One involves the killing of a female wolf from the Profanity Pack in Ferry County and the other a female wolf from the Dirty Shirt Pack about 10 miles southeast of Colville.



Gray Wolves Return to Mt. Hood Forest

posted Mar 17, 2018, 8:19 PM by chloe owens

1/24/2018, by Brittany Allen, Sandy Post

Gray wolves return to Mt. Hood forest

Gray wolves have been spotted on the Mt. Hood National Forest, placing even more pressure on wildlife officials to formalize statewide wolf management policy. On Jan. 4, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife captured images, through wildlife cameras, of two wolves traveling through remote parts of the Mount Hood territory. This marked the first time since 2000 that more than one wolf was spotted in Oregon's northern Cascade Mountains. This sighting comes just as the ODFW completes its yearly winter survey and compiles a minimum population count for the species, which will be released to the public in March. The wolves' appearance in western Oregon also coincides with a state influx in terms of formal policy to guide management of gray wolves following an influx along the Oregon-Idaho border and west to the Cascade Mountains.



Pioneering Wolf Becomes First Sighted in Belgium for a Century

posted Mar 17, 2018, 8:18 PM by chloe owens

1/22/2018, by Daniel Boffey in Brussels, The Guardian

Pioneering wolf becomes first sighted in Belgium for a century

…Farmers in north-east Flanders have been put on high alert after evidence emerged that Naya, a female originally from eastern Germany that has been making a pioneering trek across Europe, had killed two sheep and injured a third near the Belgian town of Meerhout. Naya’s arrival in Belgium completes the return of the predator to every mainland country in Europe, turning back decades of persecution, although not every community might welcome it…Naya, who will turn two in May, was given a collar with a tracking device when she was six months old by the Technical University of Dresden, but it was only in October last year that she left her parental pack in rural Lübtheener Heide, between Hamburg and Berlin, to push the boundaries for wolf-kind and strike out across Germany, into the Netherlands and, finally, across the border to Belgium on 3 January.




Killing Wolves Isn't a Great Way to Protect Livestock, Study Says

posted Mar 17, 2018, 8:16 PM by chloe owens

1/22/2018, by Morgan Springer, Interlocken Public Radio

Killing wolves isn’t a great way to protect livestock, study says

A new study says killing wolves to protect livestock doesn't work that well. It shows that non-lethal methods in the Upper Peninsula are just as effective as lethal ones. The study comes from the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and the University of Wisconsin…Ari Cornman, the senior wildlife biologist for the band says, the idea that killing a wolf protects livestock seems like common sense…But Cornman says that was generally not true in their findings. What was much more common was this: when a wolf was killed near a farm, its pack members shifted their attention to neighboring farms – at times becoming even more predatory. "We call this the spillover effect, and what it shows is that … the net benefit of killing wolves was zero," says Cornman. He says non-lethal methods are just as effective – like guard dogs and something called fladry, the hanging of colored ribbons, flags and streamers off fences…"If we think we can solve it with non-lethal methods, we apply those non-lethal methods," Beyer says. "If we apply them, and it doesn't solve it, then perhaps we move to lethal control." That’s why Cornman and the other researchers are hoping the DNR will look closely at their study, do research of their own and reconsider their management strategy. "One of the hallmarks of wildlife management is that we don’t kill wildlife without a good reason," Ari Cornman says. He says, based on the study, there's no longer a good reason to kill wolves that attack livestock in Michigan.



2 Wolves Still Alive on Michigan's Isle Royale, Researchers Say

posted Mar 17, 2018, 8:14 PM by chloe owens

1/20/2018, by Tanda Gmiter, MLive

2 wolves still alive on Michigan’s Isle Royale, researchers say

Two wolves are still alive on Michigan's remote Isle Royale, researchers determined today…"We followed tracks of two wolves for over 30 miles at the east end of the island, where the pair has spent most of their time for many years. The male would be 9 years old and the female 7 years old," the group posted on Facebook on Saturday.



Salmon is on the Menu for Lake Clark's Wolves

posted Mar 17, 2018, 8:13 PM by chloe owens

1/19/2018, by J. Besl, Frontiersman

Salmon is on the menu for Lake Clark’s wolves

Deep within Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, staff at a remote ranger station on the north shore of Telaquana Lake noted something amiss. Wolves, a mighty apex predator of the park, were seen scraping fish carcasses from the ice. Though odd, the observation made sense. Wolves are opportunists and Lake Clark, situated at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, is flush with fish. Likewise, salmon make a relatively safe dinner. While moose fight back and can break a wolf’s legs, salmon simply flop or freeze…It kind of prompted this question of how frequently this is happening and what’s going on,” explained Ashley Stanek, who studied wolf diets in Lake Clark for her graduate thesis in biology at University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). The results of that collaborative project between the National Park Service, UAA, and UAA’s Environment and Natural Resources Institute were published in the Canadian Journal of Zoology in 2017, with Stanek as the lead author…fur and blood samples arrived in UAA’s stable isotope lab, where Stanek and her postdoctoral colleague Dr. Nathan Wolf – now a professor at Alaska Pacific University – parsed the samples for indicators of salmon diet…The results were incredibly varied. One wolf ate up to 89 percent salmon in a season while elsewhere in the park another ate only one percent. Wolves, it appeared, have preferences.




Rancher Takes Different Tack on Wolf Depredation

posted Mar 17, 2018, 8:12 PM by chloe owens

1/16/2018, by Lee Juillerat, The Capital Press

Rancher takes different tack on wolf depredation

The recent killings of three calves by wolves in Jackson County, Ore., probably by members of the Rogue Pack, hit close to home for Mark Coats, who advocates a predator awareness program he believes can reduce such incidents by wolves, coyotes and other carnivores. Coats, who has cattle operations in Siskiyou County in far Northern California and Klamath and Jackson counties in Oregon, said the attacks happened on a neighbor’s land. “My cows turned out fine,” he said. “I’m confident in my cows’ ability to stand off predators,” explaining he routinely takes steps to retrain his herds. Coats doesn’t necessarily like it, but he accepts the fact that wolves have become a fixture in Oregon and parts of Northern California…Over the past six years Coats has been studying and implementing new ways of preventing cattle deaths by predators, including wolves, coyotes and mountain lions. He has been working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on creating a predator awareness program he believes can successfully reduce or eliminate predation deaths. “What they need is the individualized chase,” where a wolf or wolves isolate a cow or calf from the herd, then chase, immobilize and eat the animal, which is often still alive. “We’re trying to interrupt that. That is the key.” The key, he believes, is training cattle to gather in herds when threatened by wolves or other potential killers…oats said various studies, including research done in Yellowstone National Park, show threats can be reduced or eliminated if cattle are taught to group together and not to flee or run…“When wolves confront livestock, they (livestock) get fearful for their lives. Once they reach the group, the pressure is relieved. A defensive standing posture will defer wolves. What we’re encouraging is a defensive posture of moving to the herd.”… “We’re encouraging something that’s been un-encouraged for years,” Coats said of training cattle to respond to threats by forming groups. “Keep it tight, keep them in a herd, in a defensive posture. They’re in that group for a reason.”



Norwegians and Swedes Aim for More Equal Game Management

posted Mar 17, 2018, 8:11 PM by chloe owens

1/16/2018, by Snw Ellen Jakobsen, Science Nordic

Norwegians and Swedes aim for more equal game management

Moose, wolves, wolverines and other wild animals cross between Norway and Sweden with no awareness of a border. But there are definite demarcations in the two countries’ game management politics and policies…Researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Norway’s University College Inland (INN) have been given financing for a project aiming to make the border regions more responsive to one another regarding game management…The project will mainly focus on two things: research and network building…The money can come in very handy. Researchers in both countries need to know much more about how their wildlife management regimes are working. Zimmerman stresses the need for more information about three important species – moose, wolves and wolverines. “We don’t know enough about how moose migrate through the border lands. We also seek much more information about how a larger wolf stock is impacting the moose population. Moreover, we have little knowledge about the effect of wolverines on moose stocks.” Moose meat comprises 95 percent of a wolf diet in the region. A wolf pack can drop around 150 moose per year…The researchers suspect that some of the decline in moose stocks can be attributed to wolverines, which have spread back down from the mountains to the coniferous forests. Moose calves can easily be taken down by wolverines…Norway and Sweden have a mutual responsibility for wildlife in their border region. But Norwegian and Swedish policies differ greatly.




Ont. Government Moving Endangered Caribou Off Wolf-Laden Island

posted Mar 17, 2018, 8:04 PM by chloe owens

1/14/2018, by Liam Casey and Michelle McQuigge, Canadian Press

Ont. Government Moving Endangered Caribou Off Wolf-Laden Island

The Ontario government has launched an operation to relocate an endangered herd of caribou off the remote island on which they have been systematically hunted down by recently arrived wolves. The operation, which began on Saturday and is described by government officials as a “delicate dance”, involves rounding up the remaining caribou off Michipicoten Island in Lake Superior and transporting them by helicopter to the nearby Slate Islands.



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