Entries by Chad Richardson

The wolves aren’t waiting for Colorado voters

From the PostIndependent.com in Glenwood Springs, Colorado: Over the past few years, several wolves have wandered into Colorado from farther north. According to state wildlife officials, recent activity in Moffat County indicates that a pack of six wolves has chosen to make Colorado their home. “It is inevitable, based on known wolf behavior, that they would […]

Protecting wolves in Finland

From TheEcologist.org: Wolves and other large carnivores were near extinction or extinct in several countries in Europe by the early 1900s. In Finland, wolves continued to be freely hunted until 1973 and only few individuals were roaming in boreal forests. When Finland became a member state of the European Union in 1995, wolves became a […]

Colorado voters will decide whether to bring back endangered wolves

From the Washington Post: When voters in Colorado head to the polls in November, they could be the first in any state to decide to bring back an endangered species. State officials announced last week that an effort to reintroduce gray wolves in Colorado qualified for the 2020 ballot. If passed, the ballot initiative would direct the Colorado Parks […]

WDFW looks at adding to cattle-wolf policy

From the Capital Press: TUMWATER, Wash. — Washington Fish and Wildlife may add a section on “chronic conflict zones” to its policy on killing wolves, calling on ranchers in hot spots to agree to pre-grazing plans to prevent depredations that trigger lethal control. Wolf advocates, upset by the culling and eventual elimination of a pack […]

Claim by advocates seeking to stop wolf shooting dismissed

From the Union-Bulletin in Walla Walla, Washington: SEATTLE (AP) — Wolf advocates seeking to halt the Washington Department Fish and Wildlife from shooting wolves to protect livestock have suffered another legal setback. The Capital Press reports King County Superior Court Judge John McHale on Friday dismissed claims that Fish and Wildlife’s lethal-control policy violates the State Environmental […]

Legislation seeks to address gray wolf livestock losses

From the Casper Star Tribune in Wyoming: A new bill introduced in the Wyoming Legislature this week would create a new compensation program for ranchers whose livestock is killed or damaged by gray wolves outside of game hunting zones, providing new flexibility for those grappling with a protected species often blamed by ranchers in the […]