A Stevens County sheep rancher has managed to move about 1,800 sheep to protect them from a pack of wolves that have killed at least two dozen of the animals this summer. The Spokesman-Review reported Monday that Dave and Julie Dashiell decided to move their sheep to safety rather than wait for state wildlife officials to hunt and kill up to four wolves from the Huckleberry Pack, which hunts north of the Spokane Indian Reservation. The ranchers tried numerous strategies to end the attacks, but none worked. Wolves were killed off in Washington early in the last century. But starting in the early 2000s, they started moving back into the state from neighboring Idaho and Canada. The state estimates there are about 52 wolves in 13 packs.
One of Oregon's wolf packs is one livestock attack away from becoming the first to come under a potential kill order under the state's unique rules.
The Washington department of Fish and Wildlife says its approval of killing several members of a wolf pack near Spokane came after non-lethal efforts were exhausted.
Biologists plan to recapture and re-collar OR-7, Oregon’s famous wandering wolf that is now a settled father of pups.
A rancher in northeastern Washington will be allowed to shoot wolves approaching his herd of sheep. State officials made the decision after they confirmed wolves killed dozens of his sheep.
The recent discovery of Oregon's wandering wolf, known as OR-7, and his new pups is one of the reasons a conservation group has filed a lawsuit against a logging project near Crater Lake National Forest.
News that the Oregon wolf OR-7 has fathered pups and formed a wolf pack in the Southern Oregon Cascades contributes to the growing sense that it’s only a matter of time until wolves re-inhabit California.
Just a few weeks after remote cameras captured images of the famous wandering wolf, OR-7 and his likely mate in Southern Oregon, new photographic evidence shows that the two adult wolves have had puppies.
Wildlife officials say the lonesome wolf known as OR-7 may have found a mate, more than a year after drawing widespread interest in his journey across Oregon and into Northern California and back.
A California state board says it needs more time to hear from the public before deciding whether to list gray wolves as an endangered species in California.
Efforts in the Idaho Legislature to increase wolf hunting and trapping has led some environmental groups to fight for more protections.
Idaho wildlife officials say it cost $30,000 to kill 23 wolves last month in northern Idaho.
The wolf known as OR-7 was the first wolf to be documented in the Cascades. According to a new report from Oregon Fish and Wildlife, a second single wolf was documented near Oregon's Mount Hood in December.
Federal hunters are pursuing one or two wolves blamed for killing a horse in central Idaho this month.
A new independent review finds the federal government used uncertain science when it proposed taking the gray wolf off the endangered species list across the Lower 48.
A possible new wolf pack is roaming Eastern Oregon after wildlife biologists confirmed finding tracks from five animals near Medical Springs in Union County.
A state official says the reason a professional hunter has been called out of a federal wilderness in central Idaho is because he succeeded in killing all the wolves in two packs.
Idaho republicans are promoting a $2 million fund to reduce the state's wolf population by more than 500, to just 150 wolves in 15 packs.
Senators questioned the accuracy of Idaho Department of Fish and Game's report on the number of wolves in Idaho during a hearing.
Oregon announced new rules today allowing livestock producers to kill wolves without a permit if certain criteria are met.
Oregon State University ecologist William Ripple and a dozen top carnivore biologists make the case in a newly published article that the world’s largest predators are declining -- just as researchers begin to understand their key ecological effects. Here's our interview.
<p>BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Organizers of a predator derby in Idaho say 21 coyotes but no wolves were shot by about 60 hunters.</p>
An environmental group wants a federal judge to halt a planned wolf and coyote derby in Idaho, branding the event an illegal killing contest.
The latest livestock attack by Oregon's Snake River wolf pack puts it one bite away from a potential state kill order.
As the feds consider delisting the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act, a study by California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife decides the gray wolf does not need protection in the state.
About a third of Idaho hunters making written comments on the Idaho Fish and Game Commission's draft elk management plan say they want more wolves killed to increase the elk population.
Wildlife biologists fitted a pair of young wolves from the Umatilla River pack with GPS collars after the animals were inadvertently trapped Oct. 26 in a forested area east of Weston.
Oregon's OR-7 has garnered headlines and even his own Twitter handle after making his way from Oregon into the Golden State and now back. But new map shows how Washington wolves have been tracked sojourning deep into Canada, where two have been killed.
A Western Washington wolf group will no longer organize a popular wolf howl gathering. It's one change made by the facility as part of a rigorous certification process for the American Sanctuary Association.
Upon further review, the most recent confirmed case of livestock depredation by the Umatilla River wolf pack will not count as a “qualifying incident” toward lethal control of the predators.
A leading wildlife group has agreed to give Idaho $50,000 to assist with the state's wolf management plan.
A pair of Eastern Oregon wolf packs are nearing the threshold for lethal management as they continue to prey on livestock in Umatilla and Wallowa counties.
What started out this year as the discovery of two wolves has now multiplied into a pack, thanks to the recent birth of their three pups -- and possibly more.
The presence of wolves may mean hunters can't count on finding elk in favorite hunting spots, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there are fewer elk. That was the message from wildlife managers in three Northwest states Thursday in an online public meeting.
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a plan Friday to allow enforcement officers to once again kill wolves preying on livestock.
The Obama administration is proposing to lift most remaining federal protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states almost four decades after they were added to the endangered species list.
Legislation signed Tuesday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee adds $10 to the cost of a personalized Washington license plate with the money going to help compensate livestock owners for wolf kills.
Idaho wildlife officials have confirmed that wolves killed 31 sheep on a south-central Idaho ranch over the weekend, including a ewe in the process of having triplets.
The federal government is preparing to stop protecting gray wolves in the lower 48 states, according to a draft document.
There are fewer wolves overall in the West, but Oregon and Washington's wolf populations continue to grow. That's according to the federal government's annual gray wolf tally, released Friday.
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has vetoed a pair of bills, including legislation that called for diverting money from Idaho Fish and Game to a program aimed at managing problem wolves.
The latest population tally shows an 11 percent decline in the number of wolves roaming Idaho.
A new wolf pack has been confirmed in central Washington. The Wenatchee Pack makes 10 confirmed packs in the state, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. But the pack has run into trouble with ranchers.
A bill headed for the floor of the Idaho House would tap into the interest in hunting wolves to raise money for ranchers who lose livestock to those wolves. A legislative committee approved the measure Tuesday, despite legal concerns.
Western environmental groups say they're alarmed that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a plan to end federal protections for gray wolves in areas where the animals no longer exist.
It would be easier to kill gray wolves that attack livestock or pets under a bill that passed the Washington Senate Friday.
Two new wolf packs formed in Oregon last year. That brings the state’s total to six packs. On Friday, The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission learned what this could mean for possibly removing endangered species protection for the wolves.
Hunters appear to be having less success hunting and trapping wolves in the Idaho backcountry than a season ago.
A new survey shows the number of gray wolves in Washington has nearly doubled in the past year.
A new bill in the Washington Legislature would move wolves to the west side of the Cascades. The proposal was immediately taken as a joke. But some conservationists say moving wolves west is not a bad idea.
Officials from the Department of Fish and Wildlife told a crowd in Spokane Valley Wednesday they’re trying to keep livestock losses down, even as Washington’s wolf population grows. Preliminary figures show the state wolf population grew from 27 to 51 just in the last year.
Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar announces he will step down from his post in March. He'll leave behind a number of initiatives that affected the way public land and wildlife are managed in the Pacific Northwest.
Idaho wildlife officials are considering hiring private trappers to kill wolves roaming in important elk zones in the state.
After tracking him for a year, California wildlife officials say that the lone gray wolf who migrated from Oregon likes to travel more than most.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials say hunters have killed 116 wolves this hunting season through Dec. 15, about the halfway point of the 2012-2013 wolf hunting season.
The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation have opened a hunting season for gray wolves on their reservation that sprawls across 1.4 million acres in northeast Washington.
Idaho officials say hunters have killed 96 wolves so far in the 2012-2013 hunting season.
The state Fish and Wildlife Department spent nearly $77,000 to kill seven wolves in a pack that had been preying on cattle in Stevens County in northeast Washington.
Washington ranchers who can show that wolves are making their cattle lose weight could get reimbursed under a new proposal before the Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Washington wildlife managers say the hunt for a pack of grey wolves is over. A state marksman killed the alpha male of the pack Thursday in far northeast Washington. The department has killed a total of seven wolves from the Wedge Pack since August.
Washington wildlife officials killed three more grey wolves near the Canadian border Wednesday. That brings the total kill to five this week.
Officials say two wolves have been killed by a state hunter flying in a helicopter in northeast Washington.
After repeated attacks on livestock, a death sentence has been issued for Washington's Wedge Pack.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has re-issued the kill order for four wolves in a pack in the Northeastern corner of the state. Starting Wednesday morning, marksmen will take to the field.
State officials have called off orders to kill four members of a wolf pack in Northeastern Washington.
Federal wildlife officials hope to complete an analysis before the end of the year that could decide whether wolves should still be considered “endangered” nationally.
Washington state wildlife agents are preparing to kill up to four more gray wolves in the northeast corner of the state after investigators said the pack has injured or eaten livestock.
This week we've got stories on the changing makeup of forests in the Northwest and turning wastewater into power. Host Ashley Ahearn puts some tough questions to a Washington state wildlife official about his agency's decision to kill a wolf in Northeastern Washington.
This week Washington officials killed a female wolf from the Wedge Pack in the Northeastern part of the state. It’s the first time officials have intentionally killed a wolf. EarthFix's Ashley Ahearn talked with Nate Pamplin, assistant director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
While judges on the Oregon Court of Appeals consider whether to authorize state biologists to kill two wolves for preying on livestock, the Imnaha pack has been going about its business, producing four pups this spring.
BOISE, Idaho — State wildlife officials have confirmed that a puppy found in central Idaho by out-of-state campers was actually a young wolf.
BOISE, Idaho — State wildlife officials are still uncertain what to do with a young wolf pup that was recovered a week ago near Ketchum by a pair of tourists.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says a pack of two wolves probably killed a calf in north-central Washington. This is the first documented wolf predation case in the state since December.
PENDLETON, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is confirming a second fatal wolf attack on sheep in Umatilla County in the last two weeks.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A young male wolf from Oregon that won fame trekking cross-country looking for a mate has had what appears to be his first close encounter with people, and got his picture taken, to boot.
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Officials in Siskiyou County in Northern California have decided not to take up a measure banning wolves like the one from Oregon that has been wandering around looking for a mate.
Researchers at Oregon State University say they have more evidence wolves help keep deer and elk populations in check, to the benefit of many plant species.
A Washington state man has changed his plea to guilty in a high-profile federal wolf poaching case. As part of a plea agreement, the 62-year-old man will not go to prison. The lack of jail time greatly disappoints a conservation group.
LEWISTON, Idaho — Two environmental groups are urging state and federal officials to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a wolf that was trapped and killed in Idaho last month.
The leader of the Imnaha wolf pack, the pack responsible for nearly all the livestock kills in Eastern Oregon, is once more wearing a GPS collar and under tight government surveillance.
BOISE, Idaho -- The extended wolf hunt in Idaho will continue through June in part of the state. That’s because the [9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals](http://www.scribd.com/doc/85411095/9th-Circuit-Court-Opinion-1 "9th Circuit Court of Appeals Wolf Decision March 14, 2012") upheld Congress’s decision to strip federal protection for wolves in Idaho and Montana.
BILLINGS, Mont. — A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit from conservation groups that want to block wolf hunts that have killed more than 500 of the predators across the Northern Rockies in recent months.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Oregon's wandering wolf, OR-7, has crossed the border back into his home state after spending the last couple of months in Northern California.
SALEM, Ore. – Oregon ranchers who lose livestock to a wolf attack would be eligible for a tax credit under a measure approved [today] Wednesday by the Oregon House. The bill would authorize a total of 37-thousand dollars in tax credits statewide each year.
A Montana commission voted against extending this year's wolf hunt, which ended this week. Hunters wanted to do more wolf hunting in the Bitterroot Valley, which is near the Idaho border.
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has offered to send Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber 150 wolves, saying his own state has a few of the predators to spare. Monday's offer came in a tongue-in-cheek letter where Otter sarcastically apologized to Kitzhaber after an Idaho hunter killed a wolf from an Oregon pack that strayed across Idaho's border to the east.
BOISE, Idaho -- It was confirmed this week that a member of a Northeastern Oregon wolf pack has been killed in Idaho. OR-9, a wolf from the Imnaha Pack, was killed by a hunter near Emmett, Idaho this week. Mike Keckler, a spokesman with Idaho Fish and Game, says the hunter killed the wolf illegally.
GRANTS PASS, Ore.— Frustrated that a judge has blocked a state kill order against two members of Oregon's first wolf pack, the Oregon Cattlemen's Association is pushing legislation to boost the state's authority over the predators.
In the first year Idaho has no overall cap on wolf kills, hunters have bagged more wolves than ever. New numbers show -- so far -- hunters have taken 197 wolves in Idaho, compared with 181 for the entire 2009 season.
Washington's Fish and Wildlife Commission Saturday approved a management plan for what one member called the most controversial and complex issue the Commission has ever dealt with: wolf management.
BOISE, Idaho -- The first ever regulated trapping season for wolves outside of Alaska opened today in Idaho. The season opening comes after gray wolves were taken off the endangered species list this spring.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says a young male wolf from the Imnaha pack migrated into Western Oregon last week, and is on the move. It's the first confirmed gray wolf in Western Oregon since the species was deliberately exterminated in the 1940s.
MCCALL, Idaho – The Spanish word for wolf is “lobo.” That’s a useful word to know for our next story. Many of the people who deal most closely with wolves are migrant workers from Peru and other Latin American countries. They're sheep herders. And they're changing the dynamics of wolf conflicts in the Northwest.
Environmental groups today went to court to stop wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana, where big-game rifle hunting is getting underway. The emergency injunction motion comes against the backdrop of an effort to overturn congressional action lifting endangered species protections for gray wolves.
Two wolf advocacy organizations officially made their case last week in federal court to get wolves relisted as endangered species. They want the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to rule that taking wolves off the Endangered Species list earlier this year was unconstitutional.
Boise ID - Idaho's wolf hunting season has begun, and the state has sold more the 8,000 tags. But some in the hunting and ecotourism industries don't think adding wolves to the hunting mix will generate a lot of money for the state.
For years, people could choose a side when it came to wolves. Either you were for the re-introduction or against it and that has been the verbal battle ever since. A group in Idaho says there are now other options - but they need everyone at the table and willing to compromise for a better solution.
The Evergreen State's wolf management plan is presented to the Fish and Wildlife Commission. Its compensation plan for ranchers draws skepticism that the money will really be there.
Oregon's governor signs into law a bill creating a new compensation program for ranchers who lose livestock to wolves if they use approved methods to keep the predators away. Some ranchers say they like the idea but aren't sold on it yet.
Wolves haven’t roamed the state of Washington since the 1930s, but that’s changed in the past five years.
Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners approve new rules for how wolves can be trapped and hunted.
A new understanding is emerging about the important role wolves and other predators play in the health of ecosystems. That's a takeaway from a review just published in the journal Science. The report is based in part on research by an Oregon State University scientist.