Wolves

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to expand the wolf hunting and trapping season in Idaho.


A Utah Republican state lawmaker is pushing a resolution condemning its neighbor, Colorado, if voters there decide to pass a November ballot initiative to reintroduce gray wolves into the southern Rockies.

Idaho Fish and Game

Last year, Fish and Game biologists placed more than 500 remotely-programmed cameras around the state, capturing upwards of 11 million pictures of wildlife so far. Since then, these photos were run through a mathematical model aiding the department in producing population counts.

 


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Twenty-five years ago this week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reintroduced gray wolves to Yellowstone National Park and Central Idaho. Fifteen wolves were brought to Idaho in 1995 and 20 more were released one year later.

 

 

Washington State University Press

Niels Sparre Nokkentved spent decades as an environmental reporter, mostly in Idaho. Now in retirement, he's turning his attention away from daily stories in a fast-paced news cycle to longer form writing. His newest book asks readers to consider the longterm consequences of ecological decisions we make today. He joins Idaho Matters to discuss "To Think Like A Mountain."

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What do elk populations, wolf teeth and saber tooth tigers have in common? They may provide clues to help today’s struggling large predators.


Critics of wolf reintroduction in the Mountain West say the canine is the biggest threat to elk, but a new study says that’s not necessarily true.

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A gray wolf was spotted in Northern Colorado this week and Wyoming Game and Fish just confirmed it's a member of a Wyoming pack.

 

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Moose are on the decline in Idaho and across the West. That means moose tags for Gem State hunters will be in short supply.

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If you kill a wolf in Idaho, your effort might be worth $1,000. 

A nonprofit in North Idaho covers costs for hunters and trappers who successfully harvest wolves. The group, called the Foundation for Wildlife Management pays up to $1,000 per wolf harvest.

 

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Idaho Fish and Game has killed wolves in the upper part of Idaho. The Department says the goal is to boost the number of elk in the area.

 

Acting Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt said Wednesday that his agency wants to remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List. 

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Earlier this month, Fish and Game opened up a public comment period for proposed changes to 2019 and 2020 big game hunting. One of the animals that could be affected by the changes are wolves. The new regulations would expand wolf trapping on private land and the season would start a month sooner.

 

The return of wolves and cougars to Yellowstone National Park is helping stream systems make a comeback. The new study published in the journal Ecohydrology suggests returning carnivores to a landscape can have a cascading effect across the ecosystem.

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The USDA's Wildlife Service distributes funds to ranchers in the West for wolf depredation - the killing off of predators of commercial livestock. Questions have been raised about the number of predatory wolves preying on cattle and how those funds are being divvied out. 

On The Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Aug 28, 2018

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Three wolves have been killed by federal authorities in central Idaho near Stanley, an action blasted by an environmental group.

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife

It’s common for western states to lethally control wolves when they eat livestock, but Idaho is the only state that’s actively killing the carnivores for wildlife management.

Idaho officials don't have to destroy information right away that came from tracking collars placed on wolves and elk by a helicopter crew that landed illegally in a wilderness area where engines are prohibited.

A pack of seven wolves has been found in the Boise Foothills.

Idaho officials are challenging a federal court order to destroy information collected from tracking collars placed on elk and wolves obtained illegally by landing a helicopter in a central Idaho wilderness area.

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USDA Wildlife Services in Idaho is asking ranchers to report all cattle deaths and leave the carcasses undisturbed in an effort to preserve evidence and help investigators confirm a wolf depredation.

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Wolf hunting opens up this weekend in Wyoming for the first time since 2013. That’s after the state regained management of the animals.


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Congressional Republicans are moving forward with legislation to roll back the Endangered Species Act, amid complaints that the landmark 44-year-old law hinders drilling, logging and other activities.

At simultaneous hearings Wednesday, House and Senate committees considered bills to revise the law and limit lengthy and costly litigation associated with it.

Gary Kramer / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Gray wolves killed a record number of livestock in Wyoming last year, and wildlife managers responded by killing a record number of wolves that were responsible, according to a new federal report.

The report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that wolves killed 243 livestock, including 154 cattle, 88 sheep and one horse, in 2016. In 2015, 134 livestock deaths attributed to wolves were recorded.

Last year's livestock losses in Wyoming exceeded the previous record of 222 in 2009.

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