Collaborative effort: A Washington cattleman and biologist are working to reduce wolf-livestock conflicts | The Spokesman-Review

A fifth-generation cattleman and a wildlife biologist are teaming to help northeastern Washington ranchers coexist with the state’s growing number of gray wolves.Stemming from their boots-on-the ground experience with wolf-livestock conflicts, Arron Scotten and Jay Shepherd have formed the nonprofit Northeast Washington Wolf-Cattle Collaborative.They plan to use funding from state and other sources to provide more nonlethal wolf attack deterrents in the region where 16 of the state’s 22 identified packs reside.Both men have roots in the agricultural community and have worked with existing state and private programs related to wolf conflicts.

Source: Collaborative effort: A Washington cattleman and biologist are working to reduce wolf-livestock conflicts | The Spokesman-Review

Oregon officials kill 2 wolves in effort to save cattle | The Bellingham Herald

SALEM, Ore.Oregon wildlife officials shot and killed two wolves from a helicopter Wednesday in an attempt to reduce killings of cattle by the predators.The killings have reignited a debate between the state, ranchers and environmentalists about how to manage wolves, which were hunted down for 100 years until they disappeared in 1947.Another young female wolf was shot and killed by a state wildlife official on April 10 on private land where previous depredations occurred. All three wolves belong to the Pine Creek Pack, which roams in eastern Oregon’s Baker County, and has killed four calves and injured six others in recent days, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said.

Source: Oregon officials kill 2 wolves in effort to save cattle | The Bellingham Herald

Back on the wolves’ challenge – Tehran Times

No predator has been persecuted more in recent times than the wolves. News Media have frequent titles about the need for more wolf control to protect livestock. But the response to the wolves’ problem has been to eradicate them.Wolves are trapped, poisoned, and shot by herders in Iran. In addition, Department of the Environment (DoE) noted that unintentional robbery of wolves’ cubs has become a great danger especially during spring’s days.What are the consequences of wolves’ eradication?

Source: Back on the wolves’ challenge – Tehran Times

Gros Ventre wolves targeted | Environmental | jhnewsandguide.com

Wyoming wildlife managers aim to kill more wolves in the Gros Ventre area in hopes of drawing some elk back into that river valley during winter.Aerial and ground surveys from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department this year detected just 86 elk on the Gros Ventre’s three feedgrounds and natural winter ranges, which is the lowest number on record.The near-complete absence of elk in the Gros Ventre does not equate to a herd population that’s crashed — it’s where the herd goes in winter that has changed — but some state officials see the situation as a crisis. Game and Fish Deputy Chief of Wildlife Doug Brimeyer, a former Jackson region biologist, told his commissioners earlier this month that the wintertime elk exodus has been “emotional” for managers and others who have watched the changes.

Source: Gros Ventre wolves targeted | Environmental | jhnewsandguide.com

State’s wolf-population growth slows, worrying advocates | The Seattle Times

SPOKANE — Growth in Washington’s gray-wolf population slowed dramatically last year, raising concerns from an environmental group that says the state should stop killing wolves that prey on livestock.At the end of 2017, Washington was home to at least 122 wolves, 22 packs and 14 successful breeding pairs, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a report released last week.

Source: State’s wolf-population growth slows, worrying advocates | The Seattle Times