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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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2/8/16: Wolf howling dialects
(By University of Cambridge-UK) The largest ever study of howling in the ‘canid’ family of species – which includes wolves, jackals and domestic dogs – has shown that the various species and subspecies have distinguishing repertoires of howling, or "vocal fingerprints": different types of howls are used with varying regularity depending on the canid species. Researchers used computer algorithms for the first time to analyze howling, distilling over 2,000 different howls into 21 howl types based on pitch and fluctuation, and then matching up patterns of howling. They found that the frequency with which types of howls are used – from flat to highly modulated – corresponded to the species of canid, whether dog or coyote, as well as to the subspecies of wolf. They are currently working on research in Yellowstone National Park using multiple recording devices and triangulation technology to try and pick up howl sounds and location. From this, they might be able to tell whether certain calls relate to distance communication or pack warnings. The research was conducted by a team of scientists from the UK, US, Spain and India, and is published in the journal Behavioural Processes.… (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

2/5/16: Wolf News Roundup
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) This is an update on wolf news from Wisconsin, Washington and on delisting. A U.S. senator from Wisconsin has introduced an amendment to delist wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming. It is attempt provided by congressional members to try to move delisting forward. Wisconsin's effort to transplant elk in the west-central portion of the state has been hampered by predation from a local wolf pack. A pack of wolves in Washington state surrounded a pair of dogs near a family’s rural home, but residents were able to scare them away by firing shots.… (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

1/25/16: Idaho Wolf Management
(By Virgil Moore, Director, Idaho Fish & Game) When Idaho Fish and Game took over wolf management in 2011, the wolf population had grown unchecked for more than a decade after reaching federal recovery levels of 10 breeding pairs and 100 wolves eleven years earlier. This was due to repeated lawsuits that stalled delisting and delayed transfer of wolves to state management. As a result, wolf conflicts with livestock and elk populations were rampant in most parts of Idaho north of the Snake River and livestock producers and hunters grew increasingly frustrated. After five years of state management of wolves in Idaho, we're seeing positive results. Livestock depredations by wolves are down by almost 50 percent (59 in 2015). Idaho's elk herds are rebounding too, but there are still some places in Idaho where predation impacts are unacceptable. Conflicts are decreasing because regulated wolf hunting and trapping seasons are helping us balance predator and prey populations. The bottom line is Idaho has a healthy, sustainable wolf population that is over seven times higher than the federal recovery goal. Idaho Fish and Game has proven we can responsibly manage wolves, provide regulated hunting and trapping opportunity, and reduce conflict. … (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

1/23/16: Dealing with stock-killing wolves
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) A Montana wildlife official has noted that aggressively dealing with wolves that kill livestock works better than delaying action, according to a report in the Seattle Times. Montana biologist Liz Bradley noted that killing livestock is a learned behavior, so removing more wolves earlier is better than "picking away" at a stock-killing pack. In the end, fewer wolves will have to be removed.… (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

1/23/16: Wolf delisting moves in U.S. Senate
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) A bill that would remove federal protections for wolf populations in Wyoming and in the Great Lakes states was met with a nod of approval from the U.S. Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee this week. Wolf delisting was proposed by U.S. Senator John Barrasso as an amendment to the Sportsmen's Act, legislation addressing recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting. The bill, with Barrassso's successful amendment, can now be scheduled for consideration by the full Senate.… (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

1/3/16: Wolves in Poland
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) Poland is home to a population of 1,500 wolves. Wolf advocates want to release wolves into Scotland. The two countries have big differences: Poland raises pork, and Scotland raises sheep. Poland sees wolves as a way to control the 200,000 wild boar that inhabit the countryside. Read the story to learn the views of a Polish wildlife biologist as he considers whether Scotland could handle wolves.… (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

12/30/15: Ranching with wolves in California
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) Northern California ranchers are starting to learn what it's like to live with wolves. A pack moved into Siskiyou County last summer and produced five pubs, earning the group the name Shasta Pack. Now the state has recorded its first "probable" wolf kill of a beef calf. State wildlife officials have drafted a conservation plan for wolves in California. The plan includes various management options, and is open for public comment to Feb. 15th.… (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

12/17/15: Wolf protections remain
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) The Congressional rider on the federal spending bill that would have removed wolves from federal protection in Wyoming and in the Great Lakes states was dropped from the bill prior to its approval. That means that wolves will remain under federal protection..… (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

12/15/15: Yellowstone wolves
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) Yellowstone National Park officials report that in December, 2014, the park harbored at least 104 wolves in 11 packs, including nine breeding pairs, according to the park’s annual wolf report. Researchers monitoring wolf-prey relationships indicate that wolves still prefer elk, but predation in bison and mule deer appear to be increasing within the park. Park officials also noted that there were 7 instances in 2014 when wolf behavior was considered habituated or when wolves closely approached humans, involving four different wolves..… (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

11/30/15: Scientists call for wolf delisting
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) A leading group of wolf scientists are calling for wolves in the Great Lakes states to be removed from federal protection, and managed by the states. The letter comes nine months after another group of scientists and wolf advocates penned a letter with the opposite viewpoint.… (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

11/30/15: Wolf killed in northern Utah
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) Utah media outlets are reporting that an 89-pound female wolf was found dead in a snare set for coyotes in November, in an area near Utah's border with Wyoming.… (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

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