Entries by Chad Richardson

Red wolf experiment left lasting legacy in Smokies

From WBIR.com: KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — If you count every red wolf in the world, you’ll find almost four percent of the entire population in one fenced enclosure at Zoo Knoxville. “Unfortunately, the outlook is pretty grim at this point. We’ve only got around 25 left in the wild right now. There are around 250 in […]

Fewer Yellowstone wolves equals no wolf-on-wolf deaths

From East Idaho News and the Billings Gazette: YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – For the first time in 24 years Yellowstone National Park’s wolf project staff found no evidence in 2018 of wolves killing each other. That’s unusual since such wolf-on-wolf deaths are the leading cause of natural mortality for the park’s big canines. There was […]

Livestock producers in Colorado push back on wolves

From the Montrose Daily Press: Three major livestock producing organizations in Colorado announced on Monday they have formed Coloradans Protecting Wildlife. The coalition is in the early staging of the pushback against the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project’s petitioning for the reintroduction of wolves into Colorado, specifically in the San Juan Mountains. The three groups are […]

Garfield County, Colorado, Commissioners Vote To Oppose Wolf Reintroduction

From Aspen Public Radio: On Monday, the Garfield County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to oppose “any efforts to introduce or expand the population of wolves in Colorado.” A wildlife advocacy group is collecting signatures to put wolf reintroduction on statewide ballots in 2020. Proponents of reintroduction say they would help restore a natural order that was lost when […]

EU ruling on wolf hunting a setback for Finland, views Leppä

From The Helsinki Times in Finland: THE POSITION TAKEN by the European Court of Justice on hunting as a tool to manage wolf populations is a setback for Finland, views Jari Leppä (Centre), the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry. “The stricter-than-expected ruling on wolf hunting for population management purposes was a major setback,” he wrote on […]

Wolf pack kills eight llamas near Butte, Montana

From The Lewiston Tribune: BUTTE, Mont. — A pack of wolves killed eight llamas in the Basin Creek area southeast of Butte last month. John Steuber, state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, said three llamas were confirmed wolf kills. The other five are considered probable. Click here for the full story.

Idaho’s ‘wolf wars’ pit ranchers against environmentalists

From UPI.com: Oct. 30 (UPI) — A battle is raging in Idaho over whether gray wolves, rescued from the edge of extinction, now are dangerous livestock-threatening predators or a vital part of the natural ecosystem. In Idaho’s “wolf wars,” livestock producers say the state’s wolf reintroduction program has exploded out of control, but wildlife ecologists say […]