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Wyoming news reporter Cat Urbigkit lives in the heart of wolf country, near Boulder, Wyoming, a few hundred miles south of Yellowstone National Park. As a news reporter, rancher, researcher and Wyoming resident, she has followed the wolf issue for many years and written many articles on the topic, as well as an upcoming book on the history of wolves in Wyoming.
   The goal of this website is to present up-to-date, accurate information about what is happening with wolves, focusing on wolves in the Rocky Mountains, but referring to wolf happenings outside our region when there is some local relevance. Rather than an agenda-driven advocacy site, this is the place to be for the facts about wolves, with a strong focus on what’s happening on the ground.
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3/21/19: Wolf News Roundup 3/21/19
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) Matthew Brown and John Flesher of the Associated Press have put together a comprehensive article about the possible impact of the proposal to remove federal protection for gray wolves in the Lower 48 states. The article notes that in states where wolf hunting and trapping occur, wolves have proven their resilience, expanding their range into other states even while hunting restrictions have been eased. The Associated Press team included views of more than a half-dozen wolf managers across the nation. In Oregon, wildlife officials report that the Rogue wolf pack killed a 16-week old mastiff guardian pup in Jackson County. Fish and Game has completed wolf control actions in northern Idaho's Lolo elk zone removing some wolves to improve elk survival in the area..... (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

3/17/19: Wolf delisting proposed
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has issued proposed rules to remove gray wolves in the Lower 48 states from federal protection of the Endangered Species Act. The Trump-administration proposal is the latest in a string of similar proposals issued under the Bush, Obama and Clinton administrations that all ultimately failed after litigation by wolf advocates. With a variety of conservation organizations already pledging to sue to keep wolves protected, it can be expected that the new proposal will befall the same fate as its predecessors..... (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

3/11/19: Wolf News Roundup 3/11/2019
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) Efforts to delist wolves nationwide from the list of federally protected species are expected to ultimately fail yet again as wolf advocates succeed in convincing federal courts to keep the predators protected. Numerous wolf advocacy groups have already pledged their intention to sue, and have undertaken fundraising efforts to contest the government’s proposal to delist the animals. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has determined that 23 dead sheep found in a private pasture in Curry County were probably killed by wolves. This Oregon county was not previously known to have one of the state’s wolf packs. More wolves have been released onto Isle Royale as wildlife managers use the predator to keep moose populations under control. Wolves in Tajikistan have attacked and killed two women, a police officer, and two young boys. The attacks reportedly took place when wolves entered villages after heavy snowfall. A wolf-hunting ban was imposed several years ago there and rifles were confiscated. Villagers now resort to defending themselves with shovels and pitchforks...... (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

2/28/19: Deer Escape Tactics
(By University of Washington) As gray wolves continue to make a strong comeback in Washington state, their presence can’t help but impact other animals — particularly the ones these large carnivores target as prey. White-tailed deer and mule deer, two distinct species common in Washington, are among wolves’ favorite catch. Wolves will chase deer great distances — sometimes upwards of 6 miles (10 kilometers) — in search of a satisfying meal. How these two deer species respond to the threat of being pursued by wolves in the early years of this predator’s return could shed light on changes to their behavior and numbers. To help answer this question, researchers from the University of Washington and other institutions monitored the behavior and activity of wolves and deer in Washington for three years. They found that mule deer exposed to wolves, in particular, are changing their behavior to spend more time away from roads, at higher elevations and in rockier landscapes....... (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

2/19/19: Wolf News Roundup - 2/19/19
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) In Wyoming, Park rangers at Grand Teton National Park recently conducted an investigation into an illegal take of a gray wolf within the park boundary that resulted in a conviction. Two individuals from Wyoming, a male 56 years of age and a female 55 years of age, were charged with illegal take of wildlife within the park. A female wolf translocated to Isle Royale park in October 2018 has left the island. The Northwest Territories government is providing financial incentives for hunters who kill wolves within the North Slave area where barren ground caribou populations are undergoing a sharp decline. According to Canadian news, hunters who bring in wolves from the area can receive up to $1,650 per wolf, provided the carcasses meet certain taxidermy and traditional standards...... (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

2/15/19: Game & Fish continues wolf monitoring effort
(By Wyoming Game & Fish) In April of 2017, following some legal challenges, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department resumed management authority over wolves in Wyoming, outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Indian Reservation. A large part of management is monitoring wolf numbers, distribution, survival and overall demographics of the population to inform management decisions. One tool the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Large Carnivore Section employs in monitoring is the capturing and radio-marking of wolves. Ideally, the objective is to have at least one wolf collared in every known pack. The hope is to put out as many as 40 additional radio collars on wolves over the course of the winter to evaluate new packs and changing distributions, and to derive an accurate count for wolves in the trophy game management area..... (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

1/13/19: Wolf News Roundup 1/13/19
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) A hunter shot and killed a wolf in northeastern Montana, about 300 miles from where most of the state’s wolves are known to roam, according to the Associated Press. The 70-pound female wolf was killed on the plains near Glasgow by a landowner with a wolf hunting license. As Oregon moves forward with revision of its wolf management plan, KTVL in Oregon talks with a rancher who has lost five calves and one livestock guardian dog wolves. Check out the links below for the details. Wisconsin wildlife officials estimate the state is home to at least 905-944 wolves, living in 238 packs, for an average of 3.8 wolves per pack. Occupied wolf range in the state is estimated at about 24,000 square miles. .... (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

1/7/19: Wolf News Roundup 1/7/19
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) The hunting season for wolves in the trophy game area of northwestern Wyoming closed with the end of 2018. According to the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, 44 wolves were harvested, of total quota of 58 wolves in the state’s 14 hunt areas for wolves. There were also 37 wolves killed in Wyoming’s predator zone in 2018. New Year’s Day rang in with the Rogue wolf pack killing another calf on private property in Jackson County, Oregon, hitting the same range on which previous depredations have occurred. Wildlife officials have confirmed eight kills in the last two months, in addition to several unconfirmed kills. Wolves in the region are federally protected, and the cattle-killing wolves will not be subject to lethal control..... (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

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