Gray wolves

Oregon wildlife commissioners adopt wolf management plan

Under the old plan, a wolf that attacked livestock twice or more over any period of time was deemed a “chronic depredator” and could be killed in the eastern third of the state, where wolves are managed by the state. The new plan will allow the state to kill wolves after two confirmed attacks during a nine-month period.

Brainerd playing host to USFWS public hearing on proposed wolf delisting

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hosting a public hearing to take comments on the agency’s proposal to remove the gray wolf from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife on June 25 in Brainerd, Minn. And as more than a million public comments have already come in, the 480-seat Franklin Arts Center auditorium in Brainerd, in north-central Minnesota, is expected…

Fight over wolf hunting in Minnesota is heating up again

MINNEAPOLIS — The last time the federal government removed endangered species protections for wolves in Minnesota, the state held recreational hunts aimed in part at culling the population. The open seasons between 2012 and 2014 were controversial, yet backed by both Democratic and Republican leaders, including DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. Now, as the federal government prepares to cut gray wolves…

U.S. plans to lift protections for gray wolves

The government first proposed revoking the wolf’s protected status across the Lower 48 states in 2013, but backed off after federal courts struck down its plan for “delisting” the species in the western Great Lakes region states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Judge upholds protection for gray wolves in California

A California judge upheld protection for gray wolves under the state’s Endangered Species Act, rejecting a legal challenge from ranchers and farmers who fear the predators will threaten their livestock. The judge in San Diego ruled that California was right to list the wolves as endangered in 2014. A lawsuit on behalf of the California Farm Bureau Federation and the…

More wolf relocations to Isle Royale park planned for 2019

Wolves are being relocated to Isle Royale National Park on Lake Superior. (National Park Service)HOUGHTON, Mich. — Officials at Isle Royale National Park say they’ve wrapped up the first phase of a multi-year effort to rebuild the gray wolf population. Three females and one male were trapped on the Minnesota mainland in recent weeks and flown to the Lake Superior…

3 wolves killed in central Idaho after sheep attacks

BOISE, Idaho — Three wolves have been killed by federal authorities in central Idaho near Stanley, an action blasted by an environmental group. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services said it killed the wolves over several days earlier this month at the request of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game after confirming wolves killed six sheep. The three…

Survey: Upper Peninsula wolf population continues to thrive

DNR wildlife biologists estimate there was a minimum of 662 wolves found among 139 packs across the Upper Peninsula this past winter. Fifteen more wolf packs were found during this past winter’s survey than in 2016, but pack size has decreased slightly and now averages less than five wolves.

Colorado county opposes reintroduction of wolves

The Mesa County (Colo.) Commission has urged the federal government in a resolution to follow the recommendations of the Colorado Wildlife Commission, which opposes reintroduction of the gray wolf to Colorado, according to a recent story in The Daily Sentinel. “These animals are killers,” Commissioner Scott McInnis said in the story. “They have no place in this state.” According to the story,…