Wolf News Roundup 9/03/2019
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
September 3, 2019
Back in the 1960s, Alaska wildlife officials decided that Coronation Island with its high density of deer should have a wolf population, so four wolves were transplanted. What came next is a story of the wolves causing the decline of the deer population, and when the wolf population declined and was eventually eliminated, the deer population once again increased. It’s detailed in a new book by Dave Klein, as reviewed in the Juneau Empire.
The Capital Press reports that wolves killed a record number of livestock in Idaho in the last fiscal year, with 175 confirmed depredations – a 25 percent increase from the year prior.
WA cancels meetings
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife officials have cancelled a series of wolf recovery planning open houses because of the volatility of public discourse. A press release from the agency said: "We’ve seen incredible intensity around wolf issues this summer, on both sides of the issue. For outreach to be meaningful, our meetings have to be productive. Unfortunately, we’ve received some information that indicates to us that the meetings could be disrupted, possibly creating an unsafe meeting environment for the public participating," said WDFW Director Kelly Susewind. "Based on our initial outreach to stakeholders, we think digital open houses and a robust survey will be our most productive means of gathering feedback on this initial scoping effort."
A wolf association in Japan is proposing that wolves be "reintroduced" into Japan in order to control the over-abundant deer population. Since Japan’s native wolf is extinct, the group proposes to bring in wolves from Mongolia or China.
Check out the links below for details on these stories.
Alaska - Juneau Empire
Idaho - Capital Press
Washington - Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Japan - Atlas Obscura
Wolf Watch - by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!