One of the largest poaching cases in state history results in the first prison sentence for first-degree unlawful hunting of big game since the charge became a ranked felony.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
About three-quarters of the farmers said they experienced elk damage over a combined 5,182 farmland acres.
And for the first time the state documented a pack living west of the Cascade Range.
According to estimates, Washington has a minimum of 122 wolves. But a researcher says it’s possible the population of wolves is closer to 200 animals. And state wolf managers say Washington’s wolf population has grown, on average, 30 percent per year.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife had announced that it would immediately begin efforts to kill members of the wolf pack who had been preying on cattle in Washington’s northeastern Ferry County, near the Canadian border.
According to the lawsuit, the state has authorized about 900 black bears to be killed since 2010 using bait, dogs and traps.
State to address damages after farmers deem the intrusion of elk on their private property to be illegal.
More than a hundred charges filed in investigation of wildlife poaching that has spanned Oregon and Washington state lines and allegedly left dozens of animals shot illegally and sometimes left to rot.
Four men part of a larger ring of at least nine alleged poachers who have been charged in Washington with illegally hunting and killing animals, including bears and bobcats.
Last year’s count was up just 6 percent from the minimum of 115 wolves – with 20 packs and 10 breeding pairs – reported at the end of 2016. By contrast, wolf populations grew at a rate of around 30 percent per year the previous decade.
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…
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…
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…
Unusually cold weather and heavy snowfall that blanketed much of the region last winter killed off many young deer, prompting wildlife officials throughout the Rocky Mountain states to take measures such as reducing the number of hunting permits to try to help devastated wildlife populations rebound.
(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…
The 50-plus poaching expeditions date back to 2015, with the vast majority taking place within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, often in remote areas either closed to hunting or in areas where special permits are required.
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…
High tides and currents coinciding with Monday’s solar eclipse blamed for the failure over the weekend at farm off Cypress Island in Washington state.
The park’s preferred alternative calls for capturing and relocating goats to national forests in the North Cascade Mountains, where mountain goats are native, and then switching to lethal removal when capturing isn’t possible.
But the number of anglers out on the Columbia River trying to land sturgeon – and the number of fish caught – was so high this past Saturday and Monday that fisheries managers are now considering closing the season early.
Those fish include 2.3 million catchable trout, nearly 150,000 larger trout averaging about 1 pound each and millions of smaller trout that were stocked last year and have grown to catchable size.
Saturday’s short season was intended to serve as research fishery, but also to keep a minimal connection between the public and once-plentiful species.
Supporters say the measure is needed to protect those who deal with wolves.
Five-year study will assess the health of deer and elk herds in northeast Washington, where they support hunting and other recreational opportunities while providing prey for wolves and other predators.
Of roughly 625,900 steelhead and 90,600 cutthroat smolt reared by Cowlitz Trout Hatchery for release in 2016, roughly 514,000, or about 70 percent of the stock, went missing prior to release
Transaction benefits Washington’s largest elk herd and is the latest in a series of projects near Mount St. Helens.