From OPB.org in Oregon:

Wildlife advocates say there has been a distressing uptick in wolf poaching cases in the Northwest in the past year and a half.

Four dead wolves were discovered in the northeastern corner of Washington state in February. That followed the poisoning of eight wolves in eastern Oregon in 2021, along with the poaching of a total of eight wolves in Idaho last year.

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From thelocal.se in Sweden:

A wolf was shot near the city of Lund in southern Sweden on Sunday, after it was discovered by a farmer while attacking a sheep.

The animal, a female weighing 34kg, was shot according to a paragraph in Sweden’s hunting law which allows livestock owners to shoot predators if they find them attacking their animals.

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From China.org.cn

ADDIS ABABA, June 27 (Xinhua) — Native Ethiopian wolves are threatened by loss of habitat mainly due to an ever-depleting number of prey, an Ethiopian wildlife expert has warned.

Girma Ayalew, wildlife health and research expert at the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority, told Xinhua recently that not more than 500 Ethiopian wolves remain in their shrinking and increasingly fragmented habitat on top of the Ethiopian highlands.

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From MLive.com in Michigan:

BRUCE CROSSING, MI – What keeps a hungry wolf at bay? Turns out, an angry braying donkey that’s bonded with the other farm animals and doesn’t want to see them dragged away and eaten will do the trick.

In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, some livestock farmers have turned to donkeys for non-lethal means of protecting their herds. The practice has historical precedent in Michigan, but has also gained in popularity worldwide.

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From Axios.com:

Gray wolves are growing more abundant in Washington and seem headed toward recovery — but they’re not out of the woods yet, state wildlife officials say.

By the numbers: Washington’s wolf population grew for the 13th consecutive year in 2021, climbing to 206 wolves in 33 packs, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

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From The Guardian in the UK:

In 1995, in Yellowstone national park, eight wolves were released from a white truck that had travelled 700 miles from Alberta, Canada. They were the first to live in the park for 70 years and the most fabled predator’s return to the world’s most famous national park inspired research that would feature in ecology textbooks for decades.

A key narrative from this event is that wolves created a “landscape of fear” in the park, which kickstarted big changes in habitats, known as trophic cascades. It is an argument used to justify releasing wolves elsewhere. But increasingly, researchers are looking at the nuances of what happened in the decades after wolves were introduced and challenging this approach.

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From TheFirstNews.com:

A lonely wolf walked across the Czech Republic to find love in Poland – and is now thought to have started a family.

The two-year-old set off from Austria after researchers from the Czech nature organization Šelmy.cz and scientists from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna attached a GPS collar around his neck.

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From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is updating the state’s wolf management plan and wants your input on its draft plan.

Anyone who has an interest in Minnesota wolves will be invited to give feedback on the state’s wolf management plan. Regardless of your affiliation or interactions with wolves, we want your feedback on the draft.

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From Boise State Public Radio in Idaho:

The Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board says its new approach to culling wolves is more targeted to areas with high risk to livestock and wildlife.

Last year, Senate Bill 1211 became law in Idaho, allowing hunters and private contractors to kill up to 90% of wolves in the state. It also increased how much the Board can spend on exterminating wolves causing problems to animals like sheep, deer and elk.

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From Out There Colorado:

More than a year after Coloradans voted to formally bring the grey wolf back to the state by a narrow margin, many residents are sure to be curious about the status of the wolf reintroduction effort.

While wolves are again present in Colorado (first confirmed in January 2020, prior to the November 2020 vote), the formal reintroduction is still in the planning phase and wolves that are currently present are animals that naturally moved into the state from surrounding areas, later having pups. According to experts, it’s unlikely that current wolf numbers would be sustainable over time, thus the formal reintroduction effort would still be needed to truly bring the species back.

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