Washington to lethally remove wolves to stop depredations

Courtesy of Capitol Press

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will lethally remove wolves in a pack that has killed at least four cattle this summer, the department said today.

WDFW Director Jim Unsworth authorized the lethal removal after department investigators today confirmed that a calf found dead in northern Ferry County had been killed by wolves in the Profanity Peak pack.

Previously, in July, WDFW confirmed the pack had killed three cattle. According to department policy, WDFW considers lethal removal after four depredations in one year by a pack.

The wolf pack has at least 11 members, according to WDFW. Read More

Princeton-UCLA study finds gray wolves should remain protected

Image of gray wolf pack

Researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-Los Angeles who investigated the genetic ancestry of North America’s wild canines have concluded that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s scientific arguments for removing gray wolves from endangered species protection are incorrect.

The study, which contradicts conventional thinking, finds that all of the continent’s canids diverged from a common ancestor relatively recently and that eastern and red wolves are not evolutionarily distinct species but a hybrid of gray wolf and coyote ancestry. The study will appear in the journal Science Advances… read more.