In 1979, Diane Boyd left her native Minnesota and headed west to begin tracking the first radio-collared gray wolf from Canada to recolonize the Western U.S., where humans had effectively eliminated the species by the 1930s through hunting, poisoning and habitat loss. Boyd, a 24-year-old wildlife biology graduate student at University of Montana, was fueled by optimistic idealism and boundless energy. When she pulled up to her new home, deep in northwestern Montana’s rugged North Fork Flathead River valley, it was apparent she would need both.“It was like, ‘Wow,’” Boyd recalls of seeing the cabin, which had no plumbing, electricity or means of communicating with the outside world. “I’d spent a lot of time outdoors, but this was true isolation.”
March 14, 2017San Francisco —Four conservation groups filed a motion today to intervene in a lawsuit seeking to remove California Endangered Species Act protections from wolves. The lawsuit, against the state Fish and Wildlife Commission, was brought by the Pacific Legal Foundation and wrongly alleges that wolves are ineligible for state protection.
A woman driving on Highway 3 to her work office in Edzo, N.W.T., filmed two black wolves running alongside the road on Friday.
Senators from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming yesterday introduced the “War on Wolves Act,” a companion bill to legislation introduced last week in the House that would strip federal protections from wolves and allow trophy hunting and trapping of the species in four states.If the legislation passes both chambers and gets signed by the president, it would hand the fate of wolves in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Wyoming over to states whose management wolf plans two federal courts ruled inadequate to securing the species at legally required population levels in absence of Endangered Species Act protections.
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — California wildlife advocates say they are searching for seven gray wolves that haven’t been spotted in months.The first wolf pack to make the state home in nearly a century hasn’t been seen since May 2016.The family, known as the Shasta Pack, disappeared from southeastern Siskiyou County over the past year.
A federal appeals court Friday upheld a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2012 decision to remove the gray wolf in Wyoming from the endangered species list.The ruling overturns a lower-court ruling from 2014 that reinstated protections of the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act, and Wyoming’s congressional delegation applauded the decision.Senator John Barrasso pointed out that the state of Wyoming has already put together a working plan to protect the state’s wolf population, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the gray wolf has recovered enough to be delisted in the state.