JACKSON HOLE, WYO – It was a tip from a concerned sportsman about suspicious activity in the upper Gros Ventre drainage that led to three hunting citations recently.North Jackson Game Warden Jon Stephens received a call from someone who watched an individual chasing down a wolf in a closed area. Stephens successfully located the suspect’s vehicle several hours later and learned the individual had been varmint hunting in the area for a couple days.
REDDING CA. – 12/24/2017 (PRESS RELEASE JET) — Americans have continually taken for granted their right to exterminate any creature that pose a danger, ever since they first arrived on Turtle Island. They annihilated the Buffalo to try to starve out the Native Americans, placed bounties on wolves, and other predators that they have decided they did not want to remain competing with
Wolves in Norway are a hot-button issue, with the latest arguments related to whether or not the animals can be hunted or if they are protected by an international wildlife convention.But virtually no one disputes that the isolated population of 430 wolves in Scandinavia is highly inbred, descended from a handful of animals that arrived in the region in the 1980s and 1990s.
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.
VIDEO: Hunter encounters wolf pack north of BemidjiBy Jordan Shearer on Dec 13, 2017 at 2:11 p.m. 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.”
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.
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.