Wolf Hunting News

Washington Wolf Plan Revised

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has revised a draft plan for state wolf recovery and management, and will conduct more public review later this year.

The draft state Wolf Conservation and Management Plan was revised after scientific peer review and an earlier public input process, which concluded last year.

Washington Wolves Still Protected by State Laws

Although wolves have been removed from federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection in the eastern third of Washington state, they remain protected as a state endangered species throughout Washington.

Under Congressional direction that prevents any judicial review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has removed the northern Rocky Mountain population of gray wolves from federal endangered status. The action affects wolves in Montana, Idaho, the eastern third of Oregon and Washington and a small area of north central Utah.

Delisting of Wolves in 8 States Begins

On the heels of legislation passed last month with the support of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) as part of the FY 2011 budget agreement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced this week that it is lifting Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for 5,500 grey wolves in eight states in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes and has published a proposed rule to remove gray wolves from ESA designation in the Western Great Lakes.

Michigan Voices Support for Removal of Wolves From Endangered Species List

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources voiced its support for a federal proposal to remove wolves in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota from the endangered species list and return wolf management to the state.

Montana Wildlife Officials Applaud Congressional Wolf Measure

Montana wildlife officials heaped praise on U.S. Senator Jon Tester as a Congressional measure he helped craft removed gray wolves from the list of threatened and endangered species in Montana, Idaho, and parts of Oregon, Washington and Utah.

Cause of Washington Wolf Death Unclear

The exact cause of death for the Imnaha wolf found dead in early March is unclear.

Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory ran several tests on the carcass looking for injuries, disease and toxins but test results did not point to a specific cause of death.

The only abnormal finding was some internal hemorrhage in the wolf's chest cavity. Forensic analysis did not point to a clear cause of the hemorrhage but biologists believe the hemorrhage may have contributed to the wolf's death.

Alaska Appalled at USFWS Decision

In a decision that ignores subsistence needs of local Alaskans and directly conflicts with sound wildlife management policies aimed at preserving a rapidly declining caribou herd on Unimak Island, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) dismayed state wildlife managers yesterday by deciding to take no action to help the Unimak Caribou herd.

One of Collared Imnaha Wolves Found Dead

One of the Imnaha pack wolves was found dead yesterday in Wallowa County.

The wolf found was the yearling female collared on Feb. 25. The wolf's radio collar emitted a signal indicating it had been motionless for a minimum of four hours. ODFW was able to reach the site and determine the wolf was dead in the afternoon on March 1.

Oregon DFW Collared 3 Additional Imnaha Wolves

Three additional wolves from the Imnaha Pack were collared by ODFW and its partners last weekend in Wallowa County.

On Feb. 25 a gray yearling male was captured and collared with a GPS collar, a device that will automatically record its location and send the information to ODFW.

Also on Feb. 25, a gray yearling female was captured and fitted with a radio collar, a device that requires biologists to search for it with a radio. The following day (Feb. 26), a gray 2-year-old male was fitted with a GPS collar.

Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation Offers Talk on Gray Wolves

The Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation invites you to learn about Oregon's top predators, gray wolves and cougars, as it kicks off its Discovering Wildlife Speaker Series with a free presentation by state wildlife biologists on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Portland.