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Welcome to Wolf Watch!        |     Books by Cat Urbigkit
Wyoming news reporter Cat Urbigkit lives in the heart of wolf country, near Big Piney, 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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3/10/15: Idaho wolf control actions
(By Idaho Department of Fish & Game) Idaho Fish and Game has completed a wolf control action in northern Idaho's Lolo elk zone near the Idaho/Montana border to improve poor elk survival in the area. In February, Idaho Fish and Game requested USDA Wildlife Services conduct a control action consistent with Idaho's predation management plan for the Lolo elk zone, where predation by several species is the major reason elk population numbers are considerably below management objectives. Ongoing wolf and elk research has shown that wolves have become the primary predator impacting calf and cow elk survival in the Lolo, contributing to a continual decline in total elk population. The overall objective is to maintain a smaller, but self-sustaining, population of wolves in the Lolo zone to allow the elk population to increase.... (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

3/6/15: Wolf News Roundup
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) Update on wolf news around the country including pending legislation, fundraising by groups to keep "hateful bullies in Congress" from putting more wolves in harms way, attempts to downlist wolves rather than delist, wolf hunting and trapping counts in Montana and Idaho, and snowmobilers being kicked off trails in Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota because of a wolf chasing and following snowmobiles on several occasions.... (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

2/15/15: Wolf News Roundup
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) While the list of co-sponsors to a Congressional bill that would remove federal protections for wolves in the Great Lakes States and Wyoming grows to an impressive bipartisan coalition, wolf advocates are suing in an attempt to stop federal wildlife damage control activities in Idaho. The lawsuit was filed by Western Watersheds Project, Wildearth Guardians, Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Clearwater and Project Coyote, against USDA Wildlife Services and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order and/or a preliminary injunction suspending animal damage control activities until Wildlife Services prepares a full environmental impact statement for its activities in Idaho. The case was filed in federal district court in Idaho.... (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

2/12/15: State Wolf Management Bill Introduced
(By U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis) U.S. Representatives Cynthia Lummis (WY) and Reid Ribble (WI-08) introduced H.R 884, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to reissue final rules relating to listing of the gray wolf in the Western Great Lakes and Wyoming under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.H.R. 884 would simply reinstate two decisions of the Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List and allow states to continue their successful population management plans. The Endangered Species Act and the ability of the Fish and Wildlife Service to re-list the gray wolf in the case of future population changes are left entirely intact.... (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

2/11/15: Grand Canyon wolf killed in Utah
(By U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service) After an extensive analysis by the University of Idaho, it has been confirmed that the Gray Wolf killed in Utah on December 28, 2014 is the same wolf seen in the Grand Canyon area last year. Geneticists from the university’s Laboratory for Ecological, Evolutionary, and Conservation Genetics compared the DNA from the wolf killed in Utah with samples taken from the wolf near the Grand Canyon. The results were conclusive that it is the same wolf, identified by the Service as 914F, which was collared near Cody, Wyoming on January 8, 2014 and spotted in the Grand Canyon area in the fall of last year.... (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

1/22/15: Groups seek to downlist wolves
(By Center for Biological Diversity) Animal protection and conservation organizations petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to reclassify gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act as threatened throughout the contiguous United States, with the exception of the Mexican gray wolf, which remains listed as endangered. If adopted the proposal would continue federal oversight and funding of wolf recovery efforts and encourage development of a national recovery plan for the species, but would also give the Fish and Wildlife Service regulatory flexibility to permit state and local wildlife managers to address specific wolf conflicts...... (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

1/22/15: Wolf News Roundup
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) Congressional members from the Great Lakes region have teamed up with U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis to draft a bill that would have Congress delist wolves in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Since wolves have been granted federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, only to be delisted and then relisted again due to litigation – repeatedly – a congressional fix that would preclude any further legal wrangling is being pushed by states dealing with thriving wolf populations..... (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

1/22/15: Killing Wolves to Save Caribou
(By Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (British Columbia) The British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is taking immediate action to save caribou herds under threat from wolf predation in two separate and targeted actions: one in the South Selkirk Mountains and the other in the South Peace. The South Selkirk herd is at high risk of local extinction. The population has declined from 46 caribou in 2009 to 27 in 2012, and to 18 as of March 2014. Evidence points to wolves being the leading cause of mortality. The South Selkirk is a trans-boundary herd, and caribou move freely between B.C., Washington and Idaho. Officials from B.C., Washington and Idaho States, First Nations, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been working together on a research project and have collared six of the remaining 18 caribou to help investigate the cause of decline. Wolves have killed two of the remaining caribou (11% of the herd) in the past 10 months. Ministry staff will aim to remove up to 24 wolves by shooting them from a helicopter before snow melt.... (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

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