Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Wolf population continues to grow in Washington

SPOKANE, Wash. — The population of wolves in Washington state continued to grow in 2017. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s annual survey found at least 122 wolves living in Washington last year. The survey found 22 wolf packs and 14 successful breeding pairs. The agency said that the 2016 survey documented 115 wolves, 20 packs, and 10 breeding…

Group calls for fishing ban to protect Idaho steelheads

LEWISTON, Idaho — Fisheries managers should shut down steelhead fishing in the Columbia and Snake river basins to protect a wild run that returns to Idaho’s Clearwater River, according to a conservation group. The Conservation Angler told The Lewiston Tribune in a story on Saturday that even catch-and-release regulations threaten the survival of B-run steelhead. In a letter to Idaho…

2 wolves monitored by wildlife officials found shot dead

COLVILLE, Wash. — Officials say two wolves that were being monitored have been found shot dead in eastern Washington. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife discovered one of the two female wolves in Stevens County through a collar that stopped working in November. She was found dead in an area the monitor showed was her last known location. The…

In Washington, Black Friday fishing for nice-sized trout

(Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is offering anglers opportunities for tight lines rather than long lines on the day after Thanksgiving, the agency said in a news release. The “holiday specials” include thousands of large trout averaging 15 to 16 inches in length and weighing up to three pounds. The…

Lethal action approved on Washington state wolf pack

  SPOKANE, Wash. — Officials in Washington state have authorized the killing of one or more members of a wolf pack in the northeast corner of the state following attacks on cattle. The Spokesman-Review reports that Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Jim Unsworth approved the action on Friday. The agency says the Sherman Pack has been involved in…