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FWP biologist honored for her management of wolf program

[large thumbnail url=”fwp-biologist-honored-for-her-management-of-wolf-program” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”03″ day=”28″] [thumbnail icon url=”fwp-biologist-honored-for-her-management-of-wolf-program” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”03″ day=”28″] Carolyn Sime was honored recently as Biologist of the Year by the Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society for her decade-long effort to develop Montana’s wolf conservation and management program.

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Judge Molloy hears sides on wolf settlement, hunts

[large thumbnail url=”judge-molloy-hears-sides-on-wolf-settlement-hunts” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”03″ day=”28″] [thumbnail icon url=”judge-molloy-hears-sides-on-wolf-settlement-hunts” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”03″ day=”28″] Wolves faced two kinds of hunts during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy last Thursday.

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Legislative pressure pushes wolf advocates to seek deal

[large thumbnail url=”legislative-pressure-pushes-wolf-advocates-to-seek-deal” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”03″ day=”18″] [thumbnail icon url=”legislative-pressure-pushes-wolf-advocates-to-seek-deal” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”03″ day=”18″] Wildlife advocacy groups are feeling the pressure of an impending and dangerous legislative solution, which could strip the Endangered Species Act of much of it’s power and leave wolves in all parts of the country at serious risk.

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Wolf population declining in Northern Rocky Mountains

[large thumbnail url=”wolf-population-declining-in-northern-rocky-mountains” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”03″ day=”14″] [thumbnail icon url=”wolf-population-declining-in-northern-rocky-mountains” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”03″ day=”14″] An inter-agency federal report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that the number of wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains declined about 5 percent last year.

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Montana governor authorizes wolf killing, but federal law still outlaws it

[large thumbnail url=”montana-governor-authorizes-wolf-killing-but-federal-law-still-outlaws-it” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”02″ day=”18″] [thumbnail icon url=”montana-governor-authorizes-wolf-killing-but-federal-law-still-outlaws-it” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”02″ day=”18″] Montana governor Brian Schweitzer appears not to care for federal law, and has no faith that a scientifically-driven, or even legislatively-driven solution is forthcoming.

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Biologist calls Montana wolf resolution weak

[large thumbnail url=”biologist-calls-montana-wolf-resolution-weak” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”01″ day=”26″] [thumbnail icon url=”biologist-calls-montana-wolf-resolution-weak” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”01″ day=”26″] The Montana House passed a resolution last week calling for the de-listing of gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act on a 99-1 vote. The lone dissenter was Democrat Mike Phillips of Bozeman. House District 3 Republican Jerry O’Neil supported the resolution, which goes onto the state Senate.

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Montana woman designs license plate for livestock compensation group

[large thumbnail url=”montana-woman-designs-license-plate-for-livestock-compensation-group” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”01″ day=”19″] [thumbnail icon url=”montana-woman-designs-license-plate-for-livestock-compensation-group” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”01″ day=”19″] A new logo featuring livestock and wolves, which already graces the letterhead of a state board, eventually will become a new specialty license plate.

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Wolf tracker is both detective and data cruncher

[large thumbnail url=”wolf-tracker-is-both-detective-and-data-cruncher” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”01″ day=”10″] [thumbnail icon url=”wolf-tracker-is-both-detective-and-data-cruncher” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”01″ day=”10″] Wanted: Social arbiter and diplomat in one of the most emotionally charged arenas of wildlife management. Must be a detective and data cruncher with an uncanny ability to trap live gray wolves.

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AP: Montana governor says wolf deal dead

[large thumbnail url=”ap-montana-governor-says-wolf-deal-dead” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”12″ day=”07″] [thumbnail icon url=”ap-montana-governor-says-wolf-deal-dead” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”12″ day=”07″] According to the report written by Matthew Brown, from the Associated Press, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer said that Wyoming and Idaho had caused the talks to hit an impasse.

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Montana FWP warns university over scientist’s study

[large thumbnail url=”montana-fwp-warns-university-over-scientists-study” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”12″ day=”06″] [thumbnail icon url=”montana-fwp-warns-university-over-scientists-study” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”12″ day=”06″] According to an article on the Bozeman Daily Chronicle Web site, a top official from the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks warned Montana State University president that the agency might end all cooperation with the university after a scientist released a study challenging the state’s proposed wolf hunt.

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Reward offered as authorities investigate wolf killings in Montana

[large thumbnail url=”reward-offered-as-authorities-investigate-wolf-kills-in-montana” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”11″ day=”18″] [thumbnail icon url=”reward-offered-as-authorities-investigate-wolf-kills-in-montana” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”11″ day=”18″] Federal authorities are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the identification and prosecution of the person or people responsible for killing two gray wolves in the Flathead National Forest.

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Montana asks feds for limited wolf hunt

[large thumbnail url=”montana-asks-feds-for-limited-wolf-hunt” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”11″ day=”18″] [thumbnail icon url=”montana-asks-feds-for-limited-wolf-hunt” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”11″ day=”18″]The state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission will ask the federal government for a permit that would allow a limited wolf hunt in southwestern Montana because of the threat to the elk population there.

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Hunters shoot wolf citing “fear for their lives”

[large thumbnail url=”hunters-shoot-wolf-citing-fear-for-their-lives” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”11″ day=”10″] [thumbnail icon url=”hunters-shoot-wolf-citing-fear-for-their-lives” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”11″ day=”10″] A tall story of terror and elk-stealing has been spun around a situation which led to a wolf being shot by a pair of Montana hunters.

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Federal officials deny Montana wolf hunt request

[large thumbnail url=”federal-officials-deny-montana-wolf-hunt-request” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”10″ day=”14″] [thumbnail icon url=”federal-officials-deny-montana-wolf-hunt-request” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”10″ day=”14″] Federal officials on Thursday denied Montana’s request to hunt gray wolves in response to increasing attacks on livestock and elk, leaving a settlement with environmentalists as the most immediate hope for the state to regain control over the endangered predators.

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Anti-Wolf Bills Piling Up: End-Around the Endangered Species Act

[large thumbnail url=”anti-wolf-bills-piling-up-end-around-the-endangered-species-act” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”10″ day=”06″] [thumbnail icon url=”anti-wolf-bills-piling-up-end-around-the-endangered-species-act” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”10″ day=”06″]  The Natural Resource Defense Council released a press release addressing the political attempts to get around the recent Judge Molloy ruling.

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Montana, Idaho send wolf hunting plans to feds

[large thumbnail url=”montana-idaho-send-wolf-hunting-plans-to-feds” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”09″ day=”30″] [thumbnail icon url=”montana-idaho-send-wolf-hunting-plans-to-feds” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”09″ day=”30″] In an attempt to get around the relisting of wolves in the states of Montana and Idaho, both are attempting to get approval for a so-called “conservation hunt” from the federal government.

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Woof! Montana museum exhibit looks at man’s best friend

[large thumbnail url=”woof-montana-museum-exhibit-looks-at-mans-best-friend” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”09″ day=”24″] [thumbnail icon url=”woof-montana-museum-exhibit-looks-at-mans-best-friend” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”09″ day=”24″] When he found out she owned two dogs, Bozeman Mayor Jeff Krauss says, he knew that Waded Cruzado would fit in as president at Montana State University.

“This is one crazy dog town,” Krauss joked at Cruzado’s inauguration this month.

Everyone who’s dog crazy is sure to be interested in the newest exhibit at the Museum of the Rockies.

“Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs,” opening Saturday, explains the history of dogs, their evolution, what makes them unique and how “man’s best friend” came to be.

There are 35 different species of wild dogs – including foxes, jackals and coyotes. But DNA studies show that all of today’s domestic dogs descend from just one canine species — the wild wolf…

Read the entire article on bozemandailychronicle.com: Woof! Museum’s dogs exhibit looks at man’s best friend

Dead wolf leads Montana FWP to look for a new pack

[large thumbnail url=”dead-wolf-leads-montana-fwp-to-look-for-a-new-pack” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”09″ day=”14″] [thumbnail icon url=”dead-wolf-leads-montana-fwp-to-look-for-a-new-pack” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”09″ day=”14″] The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is investigating whether wolves have established a pack in the Bridger Mountains after a dead wolf was found in the Brackett Creek area over the weekend.

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Defenders: Brutal plan for Northern Rockies wolves

[large thumbnail url=”defenders-brutal-plan-for-northern-rockies-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”08″ day=”25″] [thumbnail icon url=”defenders-brutal-plan-for-northern-rockies-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”08″ day=”25″] The Defenders of Wildlife is highlighting the USDA’s Wildlife Services’ plans to wipe out hundreds of wolves in the upper Rocky Mountains. The Endangered Species Act ruling doesn’t protect wolves from the organization originally responsible for exterminating all the wolves in the region in the 1940s.

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Straw poll in Montana shows a majority voted “no” to hunting

[large thumbnail url=”straw-poll-in-montana-shows-a-majority-voted-no-to-hunting” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”08″ day=”17″] [thumbnail icon url=”straw-poll-in-montana-shows-a-majority-voted-no-to-hunting” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”08″ day=”17″] A Montana TV station – KBZK – conducted a poll of it’s online readers and asked the question: should wolf hunting be restored?

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