Wolf News Roundup 8/23/2018
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
August 23, 2018
Severe winter conditions proved to be difficult for a small population of wood bison in Alaska, and wolves took advantage, killing about one-quarter of a wintering herd of this large ungulate.
The adult male wolf that made history by crossing into California in 2011 has now sired his fifth litter of pups in Oregon where he now roams.
The Capital Press reports that the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife is backing off plans to withhold exact locations of radio-collared wolves from ranchers. The agency had planned to revise its wolf-data system to provide general information about wolf pack movements instead of specific location data. Ranchers and local officials provided that data must agree to keep the information confidential.
Efforts to impose a buffer zone around Denali National Park where wolves would not be hunted recently drew the ire of a local Native council. Gordon Carlson’s piece in Anchorage Daily News noted that the creation of the national park cut the traditional hunting area in half, and creation of an additional buffer zone would further impede access to traditional hunting grounds.
For more information on these stories, check out the links below.