January 13th, Washington: Cash and Mishka, the first Karelian Bear Dogs to work for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, assisted in hundreds of wildlife conflict calls. The two canines helped bust poachers, find and save orphaned cougar kittens and proved that a couple lied about being attacked by a cougar. WDFW’s Karelian dog program is funded by private donations. Both recently died of natural causes.
January 11th, Oregon: After years of contentious talks and meetings, and the pulling out of those talks by Defenders of Wildlife, Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands and the Center for Biological Diversity, Oregon is moving forward with their revised Wolf Management Plan. Conservationists want non-lethal deterrents that will keep wolves from preying on livestock and ranchers and hunters want more lenient rules on when wolves that repeatedly kill cows and sheep can be killed.
January 10th, Wisconsin: DNR biologists say that an adult female wolf, recently found illegally shot, likely belonged to a pack in Waupaca County and is further evidence that wolf territory in Wisconsin is expanding. According to DNR Regional Wildlife Biologist Jeff Pritzl, it is estimated that there are 238 packs, accounting for a minimum of 905 wolves in Wisconsin.
January 11th, Colorado: The Colorado "Stop the Wolf Coalition" will work to educate the public and ultimately stop introduction of wolves into the state. The newly formed Coalition is made up of concerned sportsmen, farmers and ranchers, businesses and individuals from southwest Colorado.
January 9th, Washington: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is directing dozens of wildlife refuges to return to work to make sure hunters and others have access despite the government shutdown, according to an email obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.
January 9th, California: Now that a pack of wolves has settled into the northern California mountains, environmentalists are celebrating—wolves were extirpated from the state in the 1920s—however, ranchers are wringing their hands amid a handful of livestock killings. Karin Vardaman with the advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife helped form the "Working Circle Proactive Stewardship" which promotes a suite of non-lethal wolf deterrents and teaches tactics like bunching cattle together and rotating them around grazing areas, which helps keep wolves at bay.
January 9th, Arizona: Mexican wolves remain the rarest subspecies of the gray wolf in North America, with just over a hundred in the wild. In order to boost genetic diversity to the remaining population, biologists have applied an experimental technique in recent years called cross-fostering. They swap out wild or captive-born pups into wild litters, and the young are then raised by surrogate parents.
January 9th, Montana: A local hunter who was out hunting coyotes about a mile southwest of Glasgow, happened to see the female wolf and shot her. Wolves may be hunted throughout the state, with a season from Sept. 2-Sept. 14 (archery) and Sept. 15-March 15 (rifle).
January 8th, Wyoming: Regulation demanding ethical behavior is needed to save big-game hunting, says Jackson Hole hunter Rob Shaul, who is starting a new nonprofit to advance his cause. “When it comes to ethics, our focus is not only to maintain the balance of fair chase, but also to understand what nonhunters think and perceive about hunting,” Shaul said.
January 8th, Wisconsin: On Jan. 17 at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center at 7 p.m., Adrian Wydeven, a wolf biologist and chairman of the Timber Wolf Alliance council, will present an update on wolf status and management issues in Wisconsin. He will also cover the wolf relocation program at Isle Royale National Park.
January 7th, Wyoming: The Jackson-based Wyoming Wildlife Advocates say that Saturday's protest is part of a larger Worldwide Rally Against Trophy Hunting (WRATH) focusing on the Safari Club International Conference in Reno, Nevada this weekend. The protest is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, January 12, at the Jackson Town Square.
January 7th, Oregon: Ranchers, hunters and wolf conservation advocates have been in talks with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife over an update to the rules governing the protection and management of the state’s wolf population, But Oregon Wild, Defenders of Wildlife, Cascadia Wildlands and the Center for Biological Diversity are now pulling out of the process and plan to oppose the state’s plan.
January 7th: For the last sixty years, researchers at Michigan Tech have conducted a wolf and moose study on Isle Royale, monitoring the health of the eecosystem. Rolf Peterson, one of the study’s authors, said the Winter Study was supposed to be the first chance researchers would have to check on the wolves recently released there. He said if the shutdown lasts longer than 7 weeks the study might not happen.
January 7th, California: On Dec. 9, 2018, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife was notified by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife that it had received a “mortality signal for OR-59, a young Oregon wolf who had ventured into California and Lassen County. Investigators responded to the scene and found OR-59 deceased. According to the CDFW website, “This is now under a criminal investigation conducted by wildlife officers from CDFW’s law enforcement division.
January 7th, New Mexico: Wildlife killing contests are events in which contestants compete for prizes for killing the most animals in a given time frame. The targets are usually carnivores such as coyotes, bobcats, and foxes. The film Killing Games: Wildlife in the Crosshairs which examines the growing plague of wildlife killing contests will be screened on January 10, 2019 at the Las Cruces High School
January 6th, Indiana: A grisly discovery on Dec. 21st of coyote carcasses on the side of the road indicated that whoever dumped the carcasses might have been involved in a loosely organized competitive hunt. Katie Stennes, programs and community manager for Project Coyote, a nationwide organization that is part of the National Coalition to End Killing Contests,said that there are three organized coyote killing contests in January and February in Indiana. This is something the organization is monitoring, along with contests in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois, states where the contests are very popular.
January 4th, Oregon: The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says a livestock owner found an injured calf on New Year's Day on a ranch in the Boundary Butte area where the Rogue Pack has killed before. Gray wolf OR-7's Rogue Pack has been blamed for the killing at a ranch in southwest Oregon, marking the eighth confirmed livestock kill attributed to the pack since late October.
January 4th, North Carolina: A lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court by The Center for Biological Diversity regarding the highly controversial management plan for the critically endangered red wolf. The lawsuit comes after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service illegally refused to comply with the Center’s 2016 request under the Freedom of Information Act, seeking public documents on the plan’s development. The agency’s management plan could undermine Endangered Species Act protections for the world’s most endangered wolf.
January 3rd, Arizona: The Arizona Game and Fish Department announced Thursday that the livestock loss board unanimously approved a grant program that would research measures that could prevent conflicts between livestock and Mexican gray wolves. As part of its role, the board reimburses livestock producers whose cattle were lost to the endangered predators.
January 3rd, Montana: Wolf Haven International, a Washington-based wolf rescue group, have become the new owners of some captive wolves this year, taking over a legacy that dates back to 1921. That’s when Edward McCleery — a Kane, Pennsylvania, physician — began buying pups as wolves were being exterminated across the West, in order to preserve the animals’ bloodline from extinction.
January 2nd, Wisconsin: With a comeback aided by protection from the Endangered Species Act of 1973, wolves reclaimed habitat in Wisconsin. By the 2010s, the species was established across the entire northern third of Wisconsin as well as in the Central Sand Plains region, with numbers hovering around 900 by 2017. Volunteers are an integral part of helping the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources keep track of the state's gray wolf population.
January 2nd, Arkansas: Can the ecological success in Yellowstone be replicated in the state of Arkansas? There are those who believe that it can if there is a concentrated effort to restore the gray wolf there.
January 1st, New Mexico: A 4-year-old Mexican gray wolf was transferred earlier this month from the Binder Park Zoo in Michigan to join a 4-year-old female at ABQ BioPark Zoo in New Mexico. At the same time, a 7-year-old male was moved from the BioPark Zoo to his new home at the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago. The transferring of the animals from zoo to zoo is part of the Mexican Gray Wolf Species Survival Plan.