Wolf Hunting News

Wisconsin’s Long Fought Battle to Manage Growing Wolf Populations Within its Borders is Nearly Over

With the announcement today that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is removing the gray wolf from Endangered Species Act protection (exit DNR), Wisconsin’s long fought battle to manage growing wolf populations within its borders is nearly over. Gov. Scott Walker has charged the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with being ready to begin implementing Wisconsin’s Wolf Management plan by Feb. 1, 2012.

Salazar Announces Recovery of Gray Wolves in the Western Great Lakes, Removal from Threatened and Endangered Species List

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that gray wolf populations in the Great Lakes region have recovered and no longer require the protection of the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is publishing a final rule in the Federal Register removing wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and in portions of adjoining states, from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants.

A Lone Wolf Travels Toward California

Recent news accounts have reported that a gray wolf has been wandering in southern Oregon. According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) this animal is a 2 ½ year old male formerly from a pack in northeast Oregon. Since the animal has been collared with a Global Positioning System (GPS) device that periodically transmits its location, biologists have been able to document its travels since early September. Based on the GPS data, he is now more than 300 miles from where his journey began.

Injured Mexican Wolf Dies on Way to Veterinarian in Arizona

Arizona Game and Fish Department personnel on the Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team (IFT) were contacted on Nov. 23 by a member of the public who reported seeing an injured Mexican wolf in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests near Big Lake. The IFT located and observed the wolf the next day by tracking its radio collar signal.  After confirming the wolf was injured, the IFT initiated efforts to capture the animal and evaluate its injury.

Seven Wolves Illegally Killed During the 2011 Wisconsin Gun Deer Season

At least seven wolves appear to have been illegally killed during the recently completed Nov. 19-27 gun deer hunt, according to state wildlife officials. The shootings are being investigated.

Alaska DF&G Report Confirms 2010 Wolf Attack Fatality

Today, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) released a report presenting findings related to the March 8, 2010, wolf attack that killed 32-year-old Candice Berner near the village of Chignik Lake on the Alaska Peninsula. The report summarizes agency response and subsequent investigation.

Collared Wolf Killed Near Hammond, Montana

On November 27, 2011 a collared black male wolf was shot on private ground under the defense of property law near Hammond, MT. Montana laws and administrative rules allow for a person to kill a wolf in the act of attacking, killing or threatening to kill livestock, a provision in place to opportunistically minimize wolf-livestock conflicts when they occur. USDA Wildlife Services investigated and confirmed that this wolf had attacked and killed one ewe lamb and fatally injured another that had to be put down.

Washington Commission Will Consider Adoption of Proposed Wolf-management Plan

After four years of development and extensive public review, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider adoption of a plan to guide state conservation and management of gray wolves as they re-establish a breeding population in Washington state.

Cause of Death of Mexican Wolf in Arizona Determined to be Lightning

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel at the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Lab in Oregon have determined the cause of death for a Mexican wolf found dead in August in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNF) of eastern Arizona. Necropsy test results revealed it was killed by a lightning strike. The wolf, known as AF1110, was the alpha female for the Hawks Nest Pack.

Wolf Trapping Seasons Open this Month in Idaho

It is that time of year again when trappers and hound hunters will be out and about in the wilds of Idaho.

While trapping has long been part of the landscape in Idaho, Fish and Game reminds hound hunters, hunters with bird dogs, and people with pets that trappers have an increased interest to be in the woods because of the wolf trapping season.