Gray wolf harvest comes to end in Park County

The quota of gray wolves in the four hunt areas in the Cody region was filled on Sunday, ending the region’s first hunt since Wyoming won the right to manage wolf packs in the state earlier this year.In the northwest part of the state, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department set a quota of 44 wolves and 41 had been taken as of Monday, according to department figures. The remaining three wolves left in the statewide quota are outside of the Cody region and are located in areas that receive less hunting pressure, said Dan Thompson, Wyoming Game and Fish Department large carnivore section supervisor.

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VIDEO: Hunter encounters wolf pack north of Bemidji | Bemidji Pioneer

VIDEO: Hunter encounters wolf pack north of BemidjiBy Jordan Shearer on Dec 13, 2017 at 2:11 p.m.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to Facebook944Share to TwitterShare to RedditShare to EmailShare to Copy Link1 / 2TENSTRIKE—A local hunter got a glimpse of something he didn’t necessarily expect wandering through his corner of the woods when he went out to hunt earlier this year.Scott Anderson was in his deer stand in the Tenstrike area the Sunday of rifle opener when a pack of 11 wolves came wandering in front of him. Although he’d heard wolves howling in the area throughout the years hunting at the location, he’d never actually seen any.”I saw the first one, thought it was neat, and then they just kept coming,” Anderson said. “I hadn’t seen a single one back there before.”

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Reward for Information on Slain Wolves Grows to $20,000 | Washington News | US News

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The reward for information regarding the killing of two wolves in northeastern Washington state has grown to $20,000, two conservation groups said Monday.The Center for Biological Diversity and Cascadia Wildlands doubled a previously announced $10,000 reward by Conservation Northwest for information leading to conviction in the killing of the wolves.Over the weekend, officials for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that two wolves that were being monitored had been found shot to death.The animals were members of the Smackout and Dirty Shirt packs.

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Bigfork Eagle , Montana prepares to model its wolf populations

In the span of a human lifetime, gray wolves have re-established their presence in Montana’s mountains and forests.

Human settlers had driven most of the predators out by the early 1930s. But beginning in the 1970s, Endangered Species Act protections and re-introductions fostered a recovery. Montana’s wolf population has grown from about 50 confirmed animals in the 1990s to nearly 500 today.

The recovery is often hailed as a success story for wildlife management. But now, the wolf population’s growth is making management tougher.

Wildlife planners need a sense of how many wolves they need to protect. In past years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks have gotten that information using a minimum count — a physical survey of animals, one that assumed some would be missed.

“Minimum counts worked really well back in the day when there was a lot of money available for monitoring from the federal government, and when the wolf population was small enough that you could go out, and track, and count wet noses,” explained Mike Mitchell, unit leader of the University of Montana’s Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit.

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Park service to release Isle Royale wolf population plan

HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) – Isle Royale could be down to its last wolf, but all hope is not yet lost.After several years of research, the National Park Service is close to releasing their final plan for Isle Royale’s wolf population.”Right now the alternative that is going forward as the prefered is the same one that we identified in the plan last year and that is to introduce wolves in a short time period: 20 to 30 wolves over about a three year time period in order to establish a self-sustaining population on the island,” said National Park Service public information officer said Liz Valencia.The decision can’t come soon enough for researchers. The wolf population dwindled down to two in the past years. Scientists have only seen signs of one wolf so far this winter.

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Grizzly Bear Battles 4 Wolves

Grizzly bears and wolves have coexisted for millennia — but when food is scarce, these two apex predators must fight to survive.  Grizzly bears and wolves are both native to North America, sharing similar wilderness habitats across the Northwestern-most states, including Montana, Wyoming, and Washington. Harsh environments often result in food scarcity, where predators are forced to compete […]

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2018 plan for Mexican wolves calls for fostering of pups

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – U.S. wildlife officials have a plan for fostering as many as a dozen captive Mexican gray wolf pups with wild packs in Arizona and New Mexico in 2018.The goal of the proposal unveiled by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is to boost genetic diversity among the endangered species.

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