Wolves

Report: Record number of wolves in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. — A record number of wolves are roaming the forests and fields of Oregon, 20 years after the species returned to the state. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reported Monday that the number of known wolves in Oregon at the end of 2018 was 137, a 10% increase over the previous year. There are likely even…

With shutdown over, Isle Royale wolf-moose study back on track

Wolves are being relocated to Isle Royale National Park on Lake Superior. (National Park Service)A 60-year-old study of wolves and moose at Isle Royale National Park is back on track after being derailed by the partial government shutdown, and enough private funding has been raised to ensure the work will go on even if federal agencies are idled again, officials…

Tips wanted in wolf shooting case

Weyauwega, Wis.  – Authorities are seeking the public’s help to determine who shot a timber wolf found near Weyauwega. State DNR conservation warden Kaitlin Kernosky and DNR law enforcement supervisor Ted Dremel responded to the scene Jan. 3 on U.S. Highway 10 just east of the State Highway 110/County Trunk X interchange. “I had initially gotten a call from the…

Study: Carnivores’ return helps Yellowstone streams

Widespread extermination of wolves, cougars early last century meant elk herds able to grow in size, eating away willow plants and other vegetation along park’s streams, causing erosion damage. But in recent years, resurgent populations of wolves and cougars have restored the park’s natural balance by knocking back elk numbers and changing the herds’ behaviors.

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,…

Suit to stop federal agency wolf killings in Idaho rejected

BOISE, Idaho— A federal agency doesn’t need to do a new environmental study before being allowed to kill more wolves in Idaho, a federal court judge has ruled. U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge last week ruled in favor of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services of Idaho and against Western Watersheds Project and four other environmental groups. Lodge…

Prince of Wales Island hunters blame wolves, logging for poor deer season

JUNEAU, Alaska — Hunters on Prince of Wales Island said this year’s deer hunting season was the worst in recent memory due to logging and a resurgence of wolves. Mike Douville, who serves on the regional advisory council that makes subsistence recommendations, said finding fewer deer on the island is affecting people’s livelihood, Alaska’s Energy Desk reported Monday. “This is…

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…