Wolf News Roundup 3/13/2017
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
March 12, 2017
Wolf killed in NE North Dakota
Wildlife officials have confirmed that an animal shot last month in northeastern North Dakota was a gray wolf, and charges are pending against the shooter. State officials have speculated that the 80-pound male wolf moved into the region from Minnesota, where it would have been a member of the Great Lakes wolf population.
With eight breeding pairs of wolves, Eastern Oregon wolf managers can now move into a new phase of wolf management, allowing more lethal take of wolves involved in livestock depredations or impacting big game populations. To learn more, check out Eric Mortensonís piece in the Portland Tribune, linked below.
California wolf pack missing
State wildlife officials are searching northern California for a missing wolf pack. The seven-member Shasta Pack hasnít been confirmed since May 2016, but tracks of a wolf were discovered in January 2017. For more, check out the San Francisco Chronicle article linked below.
Norway officials are moving to allow the countryís wolf packs to be reduced from nine packs down to four to six packs. The proposal has drawn controversy because wolves are listed as endangered in Norway.