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Idaho looking for ways to kill hundreds of wolves

[large thumbnail url=”idaho-looking-for-ways-to-kill-hundreds-of-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”08″ day=”12″] [thumbnail icon url=”idaho-looking-for-ways-to-kill-hundreds-of-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”08″ day=”12″] Despite the decision to return the Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves, Idaho is still seeking ways to kill more than 300 of their wolves. A plan powered by politics, not science.

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Montana, Idaho scrambling in response to wolf relisting decision

[large thumbnail url=”montana-idaho-scrambling-in-response-to-wolf-relisting-decision” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”08″ day=”10″] [thumbnail icon url=”montana-idaho-scrambling-in-response-to-wolf-relisting-decision” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”08″ day=”10″] With Wyoming’s unreasonable wolf management plan now putting a halt to Montana and Idaho’s strategies, both states are now scrambling to find ways around the restrictions the ruling now puts on them.

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Federal Judge returns ESA protections to Montana and Idaho wolves

[large thumbnail url=”federal-judge-returns-esa-protections-to-montana-and-idaho-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”08″ day=”05″] [thumbnail icon url=”federal-judge-returns-esa-protections-to-montana-and-idaho-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”08″ day=”05″] The decision determined that it is contrary to the rules of the Endangered Species Act to give the wolves in Montana and Idaho different protections that those wolves that make their home in Wyoming, a state which is refusing to put together a wolf management plan which satisfies the minimum requirements of the Federal government.

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Montana FWP Commission meeting; wolf quota decision expected

[large thumbnail url=”montana-fwp-commission-meeting-wolf-quota-decision-expected” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”07″ day=”08″] [thumbnail icon url=”montana-fwp-commission-meeting-wolf-quota-decision-expected” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”07″ day=”08″] May 2010 saw the Montana FWP Commission narrow down and approve three different quotas for the 2010 wolf hunt – July 8, 2010 sees a meeting where the Commission is expected to announce which quota they plan to use.

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Public meetings held regarding proposed Montana wolf hunt plans

[large thumbnail url=”public-meetings-held-regarding-proposed-montana-wolf-hunt-plans” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”06″ day=”07″] [thumbnail icon url=”public-meetings-held-regarding-proposed-montana-wolf-hunt-plans” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”06″ day=”07″] There have been a number of meetings held around Montana regarding the proposed Montana wolf hunt plan which calls for the quote to be doubled or even tripled. The meetings served as rallying points for the increasingly active anti-wolf movement.

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44 dead this year as Montana continues aggressive wolf management

[large thumbnail url=”44-dead-this-year-as-montana-continues-aggressive-wolf-management” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”06″ day=”03″] [thumbnail icon url=”44-dead-this-year-as-montana-continues-aggressive-wolf-management” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”06″ day=”03″] According to an article from the Associated Press, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has authorized the killing of 33 wolves, of which 15 are already dead.

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Last collared Druid Peak wolf shot near Butte

[large thumbnail url=”last-collared-druid-peak-wolf-shot-near-butte” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”25″] [thumbnail icon url=”last-collared-druid-peak-wolf-shot-near-butte” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”25″] Wolf #690 was the last known member of the Druid Peak pack wolf known to have survived the collapse of her once powerful and popular Yellowstone Park pack.

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Wolf survival analysis showing successes and struggles

[large thumbnail url=”wolf-survival-analysis-showing-successes-and-struggles” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”21″] [thumbnail icon url=”wolf-survival-analysis-showing-successes-and-struggles” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”21″] Brett French, writing for the Billings Gazette reports a survival analysis report for Idaho, Wyoming and Montana shows that while mortality rates are at 25 percent with most of that being caused by humans, wolves are overall doing well.

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Gaining insight in to Jim Beers’ anti-government/anti-wolf campaign

[large thumbnail url=”gaining-insight-in-to-jim-beers-anti-governmentanti-wolf-campaign” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”21″] [thumbnail icon url=”gaining-insight-in-to-jim-beers-anti-governmentanti-wolf-campaign” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”21″] Jim Beers, a retired member of the US Fish and Wildlife Service – Program Coordinator for ADC (now Wildlife Services) – has been actively on a campaign against the wolf reintroduction for many years. The recent claims are that the entire wolf reintroduction program can be tied to theft, fraud and illegal activity.

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Montana FWP approves plan to at least double wolf-hunt quota for 2010

[large thumbnail url=”montana-fwp-approves-plan-to-at-least-double-wolf-hunt-quota-for-2010″ filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”14″] [thumbnail icon url=”montana-fwp-approves-plan-to-at-least-double-wolf-hunt-quota-for-2010″ filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”14″] As reported in this story Montana FWP were considering two options, both of which included drastically increasing the wolf hunt quota for 2010. Officials elected to go with the lower quota of the two proposed, but this still at least doubles the 2009 number.

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Wildlife vet says don’t blame wolves for tapeworm

[large thumbnail url=”wildlife-vet-says-dont-blame-wolves-for-tapeworm” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”10″] [thumbnail icon url=”wildlife-vet-says-dont-blame-wolves-for-tapeworm” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”10″] The wolves of the northern Rocky Mountains are getting sick from the parasitic tapeworm Echinococcus – Mark Johnson, the veterinarian who oversaw the health of the wolves prior to their reintroduction says it was definitely not something the wolves brought with them.

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Montana officials pushing for higher hunting quota

[large thumbnail url=”montana-officials-pushing-for-higher-hunting-quota” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”10″] [thumbnail icon url=”montana-officials-pushing-for-higher-hunting-quota” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”10″] Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are considering a new hunting quota which would either more than double or even triple the current quota.

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July 15: Judge to hear arguments on wolf delisting

[large thumbnail url=”july-15-judge-to-hear-arguments-on-wolf-delisting” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”04″ day=”27″] [thumbnail icon url=”july-15-judge-to-hear-arguments-on-wolf-delisting” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”04″ day=”27″] According to the Helena Independent Record, Judge Donald Molloy will hear arguments from both sides in order to determine the merits of the case.

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Three Montana wolf packs to be destroyed

[large thumbnail url=”three-montana-wolf-packs-to-be-destroyed” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”04″ day=”27″] [thumbnail icon url=”three-montana-wolf-packs-to-be-destroyed” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”04″ day=”27″] Montana continues it’s aggressive policy of “predator management” as it plans to kill off the remaining members of three packs in the area of the Big Hole Valley.

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Montana tribes release their wolf management plan

[large thumbnail url=”montana-tribes-release-their-wolf-management-plan” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”04″ day=”22″] [thumbnail icon url=”montana-tribes-release-their-wolf-management-plan” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”04″ day=”22″] The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have released their wolf management plan which contains both lethal control and recognizes the cultural and ecological significance of wolves.

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EarthJustice: Wolf hunt ends, but not the fight

[large thumbnail url=”earthjustice-wolf-hunt-end-but-not-the-fight” filename=”editorial” year=”2010″ month=”04″ day=”20″] [thumbnail icon url=”earthjustice-wolf-hunt-end-but-not-the-fight” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”04″ day=”20″] Terry Winckler in a post on the EarthJustice blog – UnEarthed – talks about the legal efforts seeking to restore the Endangered Species Act protections to wolves.

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