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Disputed Wolf Hunt in Norway was Legal, Court Rules

posted Jun 9, 2018, 1:46 PM by chloe owens

5/18/2018, The Local – Norway

Disputed wolf hunt in Norway was legal, court rules

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) had sued the Norwegian state in an effort to halt wolf hunting in the counties of Østfold, Oslo, Akershus and Hedmark. The nature organization argued that the Ministry of Climate and Environment had violated the constitution, the Nature Diversity Act and the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats by granting licenses to hunt wolfs in areas outside of the animal’s designated protect zones…Solhjell, a former environment minister, said that Norway’s wolf population is in danger. “This winter we shot more wolves than in the previous years under the Nature Diversity Act. We fear that this will weaken the population and wolf management in Norway,” Solhjell added, referring to the law passed in 2009…There are areas in Norway designated as protected wolf zones but according to WWF, these zones only amount to five percent of the country’s total land area. “This has created many conflicts,” the organization said in a press release. “Culling licenses are quickly issued whenever a wolf finds itself on the wrong side of the invisible border.”




State Vows to Give One-Day Notice of Culling Wolf Packs

posted Jun 9, 2018, 1:45 PM by chloe owens

5/19/2018, by Don Jenkins, Capital Ag Press

State vows to give one-day notice of culling wolf packs

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has promised to give a warning of one business day before culling a livestock-attacking wolf pack to give environmental groups time to seek a restraining order. The department made the pledge Friday as Thurston County Superior Court Judge Chris Lanese dismissed a lawsuit filed in 2017 challenging the department’s decision to cull the Sherman pack. The judge ruled the case was moot because the pack no longer exists. The department said it committed to the one-day notice at the judge’s request.


After 60 Years, Isle Royale Continues World’s Longest Predator-Prey Study

posted Jun 9, 2018, 1:42 PM by chloe owens   [ updated Jun 9, 2018, 1:44 PM ]

5/17/2018, Phys Org

After 60 years, Isle Royale continues world’s longest predator-prey study

Researchers from Michigan Technological University have released the annual Winter Study report detailing updates on the ecology of Isle Royale National Park. For the third year in a row, the Isle Royale wolf population remains a mere two, while the moose population continues to stay above the historic average. Without the pressure of predation, the expanding moose population will have a greater impact on the island's forest ecology.


Farmers and Forest Owners Demand Cull of Wolves, Boar and Deer

posted Jun 9, 2018, 1:41 PM by chloe owens

5/17/2018, Total Slovenia News

Farmers and Forest Owners Demand Cull of Wolves, Boar and Deer

Several organizations representing farmers and forest owners have launched a petition urging the authorities to reduce the populations of deer and large carnivores. The petition has been signed by 51 organizations and will be sent to the government, parliament, European Commission and European Parliament. Although calls to reduce these populations have been made before, the latest petition comes a day after a pack of wolves killed more than 40 sheep and goats in a village in the Primorska region, west. Petitioners argue large carnivores have been overprotected over the past decades and the populations of deer and wild boar have excessively reproduced, which has severely affected the countryside.



Wolf Researcher Who Accused WSU of Silencing Him Gets $300K to Settle Lawsuit and Go Away

posted Jun 9, 2018, 1:40 PM by chloe owens

5/15/2018, The Seattle Times

Wolf researcher who accused WSU of silencing him gets $300K to settle lawsuit and go away

A leading wolf researcher has agreed to leave Washington State University at the end of the spring term in return for $300,000 to settle a suit he brought over infringement of his academic freedom. Robert Wielgus, director of the Carnivore Conservation Lab at Washington State University, pioneered research of wolf behavior in cattle country as the predators began their return to Washington. Wielgus tracked the behavior of wolves and cattle and learned that the state’s policy of killing wolves that had preyed on cattle was likely to lead to more cattle predation, not less, because it destabilized the structure of wolf packs. The research was unpopular with ranchers, who complained to lawmakers in the Washington State Legislature, who, in turn, cut Wielgus’ funding and removed him as principal investigator on his ongoing work, passing the funds through another researcher. It was a highly unusual move that eliminated Wielgus’ money for travel, speaking at conferences or for research in the summer, the peak field months for his work. Wielgus filed a lawsuit this past year with the assistance of PEER, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, alleging the university had silenced and punished him for his research findings to placate politicians beholden to ranchers. Emails obtained by The Seattle Times under a public-disclosure request revealed that WSU administrators were worried funding for a new medical school was in jeopardy unless controversy in the Legislature and among ranchers over Wielgus was quelled.




Nature in Fagaras Mountains: The Wolf in Romania

posted Jun 9, 2018, 1:39 PM by chloe owens

5/14/2018, Romania Insider

Nature in Fagaras Mountains: The wolf in Romania

This winter, Belgium recorded its first wild wolf in more than a century, marking the return of the animal across continental Europe after decades of absence. Over-hunting, the clearing of forests and urban sprawl caused its disappearance from most of Western Europe since the beginning of the 20th century. Romania is one of the European countries where the wolf never disappeared, but while it kept a territory here, its presence is not without challenges. The Carpathian Mountains, scarcely populated and with compact forest areas, were a place of retreat for the wolf and help explain its continuous local presence. There were approximately 2,840 wolves in Romania in 2016, according to data from the Environment Ministry. The estimates, based on counting the snow tracks left by the wolves, are provided by the managers of the hunting funds. Genetic analysis and camera-trapping can also be used to evaluate the wolf population… Still, the wolf is at the center of debates in Europe on how its presence should be managed. Its negative image persists, partly based on misconceptions but also because people always had to defend their livestock against it. Fictional works and folk tales, Little Red Riding Hoodpossibly more than any other, had their role in shaping the terrifying descriptions of the wolf.


A Growing Wolf Population Presents German Politicians with a Conundrum

posted Jun 9, 2018, 1:38 PM by chloe owens

5/12/2018, The Economist

A growing wolf population presents German politicians with a conundrum

IN THE 20th century the wolves that populated German fairy tales—such as “Little Red Riding Hood”, published by the Grimm brothers in 1812—were an anachronism. Hunters had wiped them out over the course of the 19th century; the last was killed in 1904. For decades the animals were confined to Europe’s east. Then came the end of the cold war, improved forest conservation standards, tighter rules on hunting, and the demilitarization of border zones. Grey wolves started moving west, crossing from Poland into Germany around the turn of the millennium. Their numbers are rising. In 2017 alone the number of documented packs in Germany rose from 47 to 60, putting the total count of wolves at around 400. Farmers reckon the true figure is over 1,000.



Video: Wolf Spotted Inside Saudi's Beesha Airport

posted Jun 9, 2018, 1:37 PM by chloe owens

5/9/2018, GDN Online

Video: Wolf spotted inside Saudi’s Beesha airport

A wild wolf was spotting idling away at the Beesha airport in Saudi Arabia. Responding to a video recording posted online, airport director Ali Abdulla Al-Shehrani said that “wolves and dogs enter from time to time as the airport area is very big”.



Wolf Trust Will Close its Doors to the Public at End of August

posted Jun 9, 2018, 1:36 PM by chloe owens

5/9/2018, by John Herring, Newbury Today

Wolf Trust will close its doors to the public at end of August

Visitors to the popular sanctuary at Butlers Farm in Beenham have until August 31 to see the trust’s 10 wolves up close for the last time. Director of the trust Tsa Palmer said: “After a great deal of thought and with much sadness we have decided not to renew our zoo license in September and will revert to holding a Dangerous Wild Animals Act licence. “Consequently, the trust will close its doors to Wednesday visitors and all public events with the wolves at the end of August.” The trust was founded in 1995 by businessman and hunting enthusiast Roger Palmer, who wanted to dispel the myths and misconceptions surrounding the animals. Encouraged and inspired by Dr Erich Klinghammer, the founder of Wolf Park in Indiana, Mr and Mrs Palmer formed the UK Wolf Conservation Trust in 1995. Over the last 20-plus years, the trust has received 200,000 visitors and Mrs Palmer said that it had struggled to cope with the almost 12,000 visitors it received last year. “As I approach retirement age and a quieter life, I have made this decision with a heavy heart,” she said.




WOLF WEEK: Wolves to be Reintroduced on Lake Superior’s Isle Royale

posted Jun 9, 2018, 1:35 PM by chloe owens

5/9/2018, Fox 9

WOLF WEEK: Wolves to be reintroduced on Lake Superior’s Isle Royale

Isle Royale sits like a gem in a cold ring of Lake Superior water some 15 miles off the shore of Grand Portage, Minnesota. Its isolation has been the island's preservation. Today, as a national park, the 210-square mile island is not much different than when Norwegian fisherman built the first fish camps on its shores in the mid-1800's. A balance between life and death, predator and prey, has kept this island in check since the 1940's. Ice bridges during the cold winter months enabled the first grey wolves to find the island 75 years ago. Those wolves stayed and, for the most part, flourished, living off the abundant moose population. Then, the ice bridges stopped forming and the wolves - after their population peaked at 50 - started dying… Today, upwards of 2,000 moose roam Isle Royale. With only two non-breeding wolves left to hunt them, the National Park service decided humans will step in and alter the course of nature before it’s too late… The decision to drop wolves back on the island did not come easy. It means interrupting the relative “do not touch” scientific philosophy of this particular national park… “Is the primary objective going to be to bring the wolf population to the point where it real quickly stops the moose population from increasing?” Mech said. “Or, is it going to be just establish a basic wolf population out there? Or is it going to be an experiment? I’d like to see it be an experiment.”


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