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Washington state officials can hang the “Mission Accomplished” banner after helicopter-riding sharpshooters kill off their 6th Wedge Pack wolf – With the alpha male and female declared dead, the pack is officially wiped out.

Marksmen are hunting a pack of gray wolves in northeast Washington state this week after officials decided the entire pack — believed to number at least eight wolves — needed to be killed because of repeated attacks on cattle.

BOULDER, Colo.—The National Park Service acted properly when it ruled out using wolves to control the elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park, government lawyers argued Thursday before a federal appeals court.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Wolves that roam onto state land from Denali National Park and Preserve will not be protected from trappers, the Alaska Board of Game has decided.

Ten wolves rescued from filthy conditions in Iowa are now at a sanctuary in Ramah, N.M.

Red Wolf’s Last Stand

September 25th, 2012

It’s early November 2011 on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The infamous Halloween Nor’easter that brought an early snowstorm farther north has blown down many a house. Now, days later, another nor’easter has snuck up on this flatline of beach.

SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – The Wolf Conservation Center Foundation (WCCF), which raises funds to exclusively benefit the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) in South Salem, won a $50,000 grant last week through the Chase Community Giving Fall 2012 program.

Looking back in time, who was the top predator of the American prairie ecosystem? Wolves, grizzly bears… humans?

Ranching vs. Wolves

September 12th, 2012

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)’s recent decision to lift the federal regulation protecting wolves in Wyoming — and allow hunters and ranchers to shoot wolves on sight across 90 percent of the state — has reignited the decades-old conflict between wildlife conservation objectives and the ranching industry.

Why a wolf hunt? It’s not because the wolf population is exploding and we need to “control” the wolves. No, the wolf population has remained stable, unchanged, for over 10 years, even while protected.

Editorial: Open season on wolves

September 12th, 2012

In Montana and Idaho in 2009, gray wolves were prematurely removed from the federal endangered species list. The decision left these magnificent predators subject to state management plans that were crafted to satisfy hunters and ranchers rather than to protect wolves.

A threat to genetic diversity and legal precedent could undermine a decision to give Wyoming control of its wolf population, a Vermont Law School professor says. As expected, on Monday environmental groups filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for lifting wolf protections and opening the way for a […]

On July 17, in a conference room at a Holiday Inn in Stevens Point, Ojibwe tribal elder Joe Rose stood before the state Natural Resources Board at a hearing about the state’s inaugural wolf hunting season to tell a story. It didn’t mention quotas, depredation or trapping.

For Chris Danou, the temptation is too great to resist. “I hate to say ‘I told you so,’” deadpans the Democratic state representative from the village of Trempealeau. “But I told you so.”

Seasons of the wolf

September 12th, 2012

Though wolves are at the top of their food chain, their survival from Day 1 is a life-and-death struggle — as it is for all wildlife. Here’s a snapshot of their lives:

Len McIrvin, one of the owners of Diamond M Ranch, says, “Wolves have never been compatible with raising livestock.”

The wolf pack that has enchanted thousands of visitors at Alaska’s Denali National Park did not produce any pups this year and its members have dispersed widely across the park, says a petition seeking to ban hunting and trapping along the park’s northeastern boundary, where a female wolf was fatally snared earlier this year.

Opponents of Minnesota’s upcoming wolf trapping and hunting season rallied in downtown Duluth on Friday afternoon hoping to spur a public outcry that might keep wolves off limits for at least one more year.

Less than two decades after wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park, viral diseases like mange threaten the stability of the new population.

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