June 13th: The last public attitudes survey on wolves in Wisconsin was performed in 2014, when the minimum wolf count was 660. Among survey respondents in wolf range, 53% wanted wolf numbers maintained at current levels or increased in their county of residence, while 18% wanted wolves decreased and 15% wanted them eliminated.
June 12th: The reintroduction of American Gray Wolves to part of their historical range has been one of the great conservation success stories in the U.S. But there are other wolf species in America, and their stories may not have a happy ending.
June 11th: Arizona Game and Fish Commissioner Kurt Davis proposed a rule that would ban predator killing contests in Arizona. He says the premise of competing for prizes and racking up as many animals as possible seems to go against the hunting ethos.
June 9th, France: Eradicated in the 1930s and naturally returned to Italy in the 1990s, these wolves are concentrated in the Alps, the Southeast and the East. The increasingly important presence of the predator is resisted by the breeders who denounce the attacks against their herds.
June 8th, Colorado: “Last Stand of the Pack” tells the dramatic stories of nine wolves, and the fierce battle between men and animals that characterized the settlement of the West. The new version of “Last Stand of the Pack: Critical Edition” includes the original text, plus additional chapters from ranchers, environmentalists and scholars offering mixed views on the topic of wolf reintroduction.The Eagle County Historical Society will host Gulliford for a talk about the history and future of wolves in Eagle County on Thursday, June 13, at the old Exhibit Hall at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.
June 8th: Wolf advocates and environmentalists, railed against the new wolf plan at Friday’s commission meeting, arguing it failed to take a science-based approach to wolf attacks on cattle and sheep.
June 8th: The Fish and Wildlife Commission vote on Friday sets the course for how the state will handle a wolf population that has increased in both numbers and territory over the past decade.
June 7th, Washington: On May 27, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists noticed that the radio collar of a female wolf was transmitting a mortality signal. A biologist investigated and found a dead wolf on Highway 20 in the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge, also in Stevens County. The reward leading to the conviction in the illegal killing of the gray wolf over Memorial Day weekend grew to $10,000 on Tuesday.
June 7th, Michigan: With a recovered population of wolves for deer and elk to fear, vegetation is allowed to grow better and improve habitat for fish. Studies show fish populations are rising there since the gray wolf population boomed in Yellowstone.
June 5th: A new study says that as the Upper Peninsula reaches its carrying capacity for wolves, chances grow that some will migrate south across the frozen Straits of Mackinac. The study said the northern Lower Peninsula has enough suitable land to accommodate 50 to 100 wolves, including large swaths of public land and privately owned club properties that create a “contiguous tract of near-roadless forest.”
June 4th: Five independent wildlife experts asked to review the federal plan to remove protections for gray wolves across the U.S. say the plan is fundamentally flawed and riddled with errors.
June 2nd, Scotland: New research suggests the alpha predator, hunted to extinction in the UK more than 300 years ago, would provide a natural defense against bovine tuberculosis (TB) by preying on carriers such as wild boar and badgers.
June 1st: Six new K-9's graduated from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division K-9 Academy program and are now ready to put their skills in law enforcement and environmental protection to work. All of the dogs are trained to detect illegally taken wildlife, invasive species, hidden firearms, expended casings and other evidence or articles.