Wolf News Roundup 1/17/2018
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
January 17, 2018
Wolf hunting in Wyoming’s trophy game zone concluded with the start of the new year. The Wyoming Game & Fish Department reports that the total quota of 44 animals was met. Although some hunt areas were under quota, and some were over, the total number of wolves harvested was 44, which was the agency’s goal for 2017. In addition, there were 32 wolves killed in the state’s predator zone in 2017.
Members of the Rogue wolf pack in southwestern Oregon have repeatedly killed cattle on a ranch since the start of the year. Tracking collars place members of the pack near the scene. State officials were installing wolf-deterrent devices on the ranch when the most recent kill was discovered.
In other Oregon wolf news, at least two wolves are confirmed to be roaming the Mount Hood area in the northern Cascades.
MN wolf versus car
A wolf was hit and killed in a collision with a car in west-central Minnesota this week, in an area not know to harbor the species.
Debate has heated up in Wisconsin over a bill that would limit state efforts to manage wolves while the animals remain under federal protection. If enacted, the law would prohibit local law enforcement officials from investigating wolf killings.Those supporting the law assert that it is an attempt to have the federal government take more responsibility for the program, since federal officials have repeatedly failed to have wolves removed from federal protection.But on the other side, opponents argue that the bill is a reflection of negative sentiments about wolves dating to a century ago. Check out the Associated Press article in the StarTribune for more details on this
Wolf roams Belgium
For the first time in 100 years, a wolf has been detected in Belgium. The radio-collared wolf originated in Germany, but has also roamed in the Netherlands. The wolf has reportedly traveled 300 miles in 10 days.