Wolf News Roundup 9/12/2018
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
September 11, 2018
The hunting season for wolves in the trophy game area of northwestern Wyoming opened Sept. 1. According to the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, five wolves have been harvested as of September 10. The agency set a total quota of 58 wolves in the state’s 14 hunt areas for wolves.
There have also been 19 wolves killed in Wyoming’s predator zone so far in 2018.
The El Paso Sierra Club is leading an effort to return Mexican wolves to the Texas landscape. The group recently collected more than 10,000 letters of support for bringing the predator back to West Texas.
A member of the Bow Valley wolf pack in Banff National Park approached campers in a developed campground, prompting public safety warnings by wildlife officials. The Bow Valley pack has a history of problem wolf behavior, with Canada wildlife officials killing two members of the pack in 2016 after the animals became aggressive towards humans.
Washington’s Profanity Peak pack
Between Sept. 5-7, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife documented five confirmed wolf depredations on calves in the territory formerly occupied by the Profanity Peak pack. The depredations resulted in one dead and four injured calves.
Local WDFW staff are working to document the details of those depredations and identify additional non-lethal measures to deter further wolf depredations. WDFW Director Kelly Susewind said the situation is evolving quickly, and more details will be provided early next week on the depredations, the deterrent measures used in the area, and the department’s response.
The department estimates the new pack has three or four adults and two or three pups.