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  • Wisconsin wolf attacks on farms, dogs hit record high, DNR says

    02/18/2011 6:23:13 PM PST · by SJackson · 22 replies
    News of the North ^ | 02/16/2011 | Joe Costanza
    Attacks by wolves on livestock and hunting dogs rose sharply in 2010 from recent years, according to a new report by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Wolf depredation to livestock occurred on 47 farms in 2010, compared to 28 farms in 2009, and topped the previous record of 32 farms in 2008, DNR said in a just-released 16-page study, which can be read in its entirety HERE DNR estimates there are nearly 700 wolves in the state currently, a number that has grown in recent years including 2005 when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service relisted wolves to endangered...
  • Schweitzer says Montana will defy feds, kill wolves that prey on elk, livestock

    02/17/2011 2:41:35 PM PST · by roamer_1 · 48 replies ^ | February 17, 2011 | MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press
    BILLINGS - Defying federal authority over gray wolves, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Wednesday encouraged ranchers to kill wolves that prey on their livestock - even in areas where that is not currently allowed - and said the state will start shooting packs that hurt elk herds. Schweitzer said he no longer would wait for federal officials to resolve the tangle of lawsuits over wolves, which has kept the animals on the endangered species list for a decade since recovery goals were first met. "We will take action in Montana on our own," he said. "We've had it with Washington,...
  • GOP budget bill lifts wolf protections (ID & MT)

    02/14/2011 11:32:02 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | February 14, 2011 | Matthew Brown - AP
    A Republican budget bill would strip gray wolves of Endangered Species Act protections across most of the Northern Rockies. A two-sentence provision tucked into the GOP's continuing budget resolution directs Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to reissue a 2009 rule that took wolves off the endangered list in Montana, Idaho and parts of Oregon, Washington and Utah.
  • Judge Molloy wants to resolve question over wolves experimental status

    01/29/2011 5:15:20 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    KPAX/KAJ ^ | Jan 29, 2011 | Dennis Bragg
    U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy is telling attorneys for environmental groups and wildlife management agencies to gather their data and help resolve whether gray wolves should still be an "experimental species" in the Northern Rockies. When wolves were re-introduced in Central Idaho and Yellowstone Park in the mid-90s, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had them designated as an "experimental, non-essential" species. That allowed scientists to work on re-building wolf populations and gauging their survival, but also answered ranchers' concerns by allowing wolves that preyed on livestock to be killed. The question over whether the wolves are still "experimental"...
  • Wolves, bears blamed for decline of elk in Yellowstone

    01/14/2011 9:29:36 AM PST · by george76 · 74 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 12 , 2011 | Laura Zuckerman
    Wolves and grizzly bears are mostly to blame for a steep population decline in a signature elk herd in the northern range of Yellowstone National Park, government scientists said on Wednesday. The elk population in the northern section of the park is prized by sportsmen who hunt outside Yellowstone boundaries in Montana and by the millions who pour into the park each year to see wildlife. Annual counts of the northern Yellowstone elk population show it has plummeted by more than 70 percent since 1995, falling from 16,791 to fewer than 5,000 today. Biologists said wolves and grizzlies are the...
  • U.S. District Judge Molloy to step aside

    12/23/2010 9:30:02 AM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | December 23, 2010 | LORNA THACKERAY
    U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy, author of some of the most controversial rulings in recent Montana history, announced Wednesday that he will be taking senior status in August 2011. "Senior status" means retirement from active service. Senior judges continue to hear cases, usually with a reduced case load. He blocked removal of gray wolves from the endangered-species list and dismissed a lawsuit filed by Montana and other states that wanted out from under federal gun laws. He declared a U.S. Forest Service plan for dropping retardant on fires illegal and said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service arbitrarily excluded parts...
  • Planned suit calls for return of wolves across US

    12/22/2010 6:03:21 PM PST · by george76 · 87 replies
    ap ^ | December 22, 2010 | MATTHEW BROWN
    Environmentalists said Tuesday they intend to sue the Obama administration to force it to restore gray wolves across the lower 48 states — even as Republicans in Congress sought unsuccessfully to strip the animals of protection. The Center for Biological Diversity said in a formal notice to the Interior Department that it will sue the agency in 60 days unless the government crafts a plan to bring back wolves ...
  • Ariz. commission supports gray wolf delisting

    12/05/2010 10:11:28 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    ap ^ | December 5th, 2010
    The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has voted to support congressional action aimed at removing gray wolves from the federal endangered species list. The commission voted 4-1 after a lengthy meeting Saturday in support of federal legislation that would declare the wolves recovered and no longer in need of federal protections.
  • ‘Robust’ population of coyotes in North Country may be part wolf

    11/30/2010 5:48:11 PM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies · 1+ views
    North Country Now ^ | CRAIG FREILICH
    Wildlife experts say that the “robust” population of coyotes in the Greater Canton-Potsdam Area is at least part wolf and larger than their Western counterparts, probably because of the wolf genes. “We certainly have a robust coyote population including in the Canton and Potsdam area – just no specific numbers,” says state Department of Environmental Conservation biologist Andrew MacDuff. However, a good count of the Eastern coyotes is elusive, he says. Adults, at 35 to 45 pounds, are five to 10 pounds heavier than the average Western coyote, probably because they picked up some wolf genes during their migration eastward,...
  • No agreement over conflicting wolf rulings

    11/24/2010 11:43:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Jackson Hole News & Guide ^ | November 24, 2010 | Cory Hatch
    While one conservationist sees room to negotiate, two hunters disagree.Two seemingly contradictory wolf decisions from two U.S. District Court judges in Wyoming and Montana indicate that it is time to move the wolf debate out of the courts, the head of a regional conservation group said Tuesday. The decisions also show that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “has not done a very good job in terms of keeping up with its legal responsibilities,” Greater Yellowstone Coalition executive director Mike Clark said. At issue are rulings from U.S. District Court judges Donald Molloy, of Missoula, Mont., and Alan B. Johnson,...
  • Federal judge rules for Wyoming in wolf lawsuit

    11/20/2010 9:34:42 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 1+ views
    ap ^ | Nov. 20, 2010 | Ben Neary
    A federal judge on Thursday ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider whether Wyoming's wolf management plan is adequate to meet recovery goals for the species. U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne said the federal agency was wrong to insist that Wyoming agree to change its management plan to give wolves more protection before it would end federal oversight of the species. The federal government originally said it wanted to achieve a wolf population of 300 animals when it started its wolf reintroduction program in the Northern Rockies in the 1990s. Biologists say there are now...
  • Alaskan wolves losing fear of humans

    11/08/2010 5:45:10 PM PST · by george76 · 77 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 8, 2010
    Wolves "losing a fear of humans" have people in Anchorage, Alaska, fearfully asking officials for action, authorities say. Although many people are lured to Alaska for its wilderness and many choose to reside either in a wilderness setting or close to it, when the wild things come into their back yards, they get jittery as one resident became when a pet beagle was allegedly dragged into the woods by wolves, the Anchorage Daily News reported. "I really hope that an action plan to eliminate this problem will be acted upon before another pet -- or God forbid, a child --...
  • Hunters fend off pack of aggressive wolves (MT)

    11/05/2010 9:58:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Inter Lake ^ | November 5, 2010 | Jim Mann
    Two Flathead Valley men who were retrieving an elk in the South Fork Flathead drainage say they ended up fending off a pack of aggressive wolves Saturday.They were forced to leave behind the elk, and they ended up killing one wolf, resulting in an investigation because wolves are still protected under the Endangered Species Act.Mark Appleby, a 49-year-old hunter from Columbia Falls, shot the 6-point bull elk the day before, on Oct. 29, off the Deep Creek Road east of Hungry Horse Reservoir. He quartered the animal and hiked out with the head with the intent of returning to...
  • Wolf recovery brings backlash in Congress

    10/22/2010 4:47:18 PM PDT · by epithermal · 43 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 21, 2010 | Kim Murphy
    KALISPELL, Mont. — Rep. Denny Rehberg, who manages a ranch outside Billings, Mont., knows quite literally what it means to have the wolf at the door: A single wolf killed 51 prized cashmere goats in his pasture years ago. " 'Shoot, shovel and shut up' is a joke in Montana," said Rehberg, referring to a long-standing reference among landowners across the West — perhaps only half in jest — to the best way to deal with a federally protected endangered species like the gray wolf. The reintroduction of the wolf in the northern Rocky Mountains has been so contentious that...
  • Idaho governor pulls off gloves on wolves

    10/20/2010 5:07:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 October, 2010 | Dave Workman
    Back at the keyboard after a long weekend hunting mule deer in Okanogan County finds this column pleasantly surprised by Monday’s letter from Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter that throws down a gauntlet to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar over wolf management in the Gem State. We all know Salazar as the former Colorado Attorney General who contended that the state’s 2003 concealed carry statute, which amounts to a preemption law, did not apply to college campuses. A ban on guns at the University of Colorado’s three campuses in Colorado Springs, Boulder and Denver, is being challenged and the state Supreme...
  • Idaho No Longer Managing Gray Wolves

    10/19/2010 2:07:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies ^ | October 19, 2010 | Staff
    Boise, Idaho -- We are no longer managing your wolves. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter told the Federal Government that Idaho will no longer be a designated agent in wolf management under the Endangered Species Act. It's a decision that's being met with approval and disappointment. "This has been after months and months and months of frustration," said Otter. Frustration over a federal court's decision to put the gray wolf back on the Endangered Species List. It was de-listed in May 2008 and then put back on it this past August. Otter says that hinders the state's sovereign right to manage...
  • Senators want wolves to lose endangered status

    09/28/2010 5:52:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    The Billings Gazette ^ | September 28, 2010
    Montana's senators have introduced a bill to remove gray wolves in Idaho and Montana from protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. The measure was introduced Tuesday by Democrats Max Baucus and Jon Tester. A similar measure was introduced last week by Idaho Republican Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch.
  • Idaho county declares disaster over wolves

    09/21/2010 8:26:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 62 replies
    ap ^ | September 18, 2010 | JESSIE L. BONNER and JOHN MILLER
    Officials in Idaho County want Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to declare an ongoing disaster that will allow wolves to be shot on sight, citing attacks on livestock and wildlife. County commissioners declared a local disaster Thursday. The governor's office was aware of the county's move but had not seen it and couldn't immediately comment, said Otter spokesman Jon Hanian.
  • Court Favors Wolves, Endangers Elk, Moose and Humans

    09/09/2010 9:51:09 AM PDT · by Coleus · 34 replies
    the new american ^ | 09.09.2010 | willilam f. jasper
    United States District Judge Donald Molloy's August 5 decision to restore full endangered species protection to the Canadian gray wolf in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming virtually guarantees that more people will fall victim to the proliferating and increasingly brazen predators. In addition, elk populations as well as populations of other wild ungulates (moose, deer, goats, sheep, bison) may be driven to near extinction levels in many parts of the Rocky Mountain Northwest due to wolf predation. Ranchers also have experienced a sharp increase in wolf killings of cattle and sheep, enough so that some cattlemen and sheepmen have been driven...
  • Wolf Killings Set to Expand Despite Endangered Status

    09/05/2010 4:01:29 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 21 replies
    Foxnews / AP ^ | Sept 5, 2010 | Staff
    BILLINGS, Mont. -- Government agencies are seeking broad new authority to ramp up killings and removals of gray wolves in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes, despite recent court actions restoring the animal's endangered status across most of the country.