From the Wisconsin State Journal:

Facing lawsuits and defiance from the agency it oversees, Wisconsin’s Natural Resources policy board is exploring its next move on wolf hunting.

The board announced Thursday it will hold a remote, closed-session meeting Friday morning to confer with legal counsel about two pending court cases seeking to stop the hunt.

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From the Maple Ridge News in British Columbia:

The presentation of a petition by Pacific Wild with over half a million signatures calling for stronger restrictions on B.C. wolf hunting coincided with the start of the fall session on Monday – ahead of the group’s extended B.C. Supreme Court battle, which is expected to be back in court later this month.

The petition, with 505,448 signatures as of Oct. 4, asks the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development to reverse a controversial wolf hunt that was put in place in 2015 and was later extended to 2021. The ministry is seeking approval to extend the order another five years to 2026.

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From The Union Democrat in Sonora, California:

A rare male gray wolf, named OR-93 by scientists for his origins with an Oregon pack, may now be in Ventura County after passing through Calaveras and Tuolumne counties earlier this year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said last week.

Ventura County is the farthest south in California any gray wolf has been documented since one was captured in San Bernardino County in 1922. Historically, all of the state was wolf habitat.

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From CNN:

(CNN)After months of tension between hunters and environmentalists in Wisconsin, the state’s Department of Natural Resources on Monday announced a limit of 130 wolves for a planned hunt in November — a move that has upset both supporters and detractors of the hunt.

The move by the state’s DNR was somewhat unprecedented, coming after the state’s Natural Resources Board, the policy-setting board for the DNR, approved a hunt of 300 wolves. The DNR has the final say on what the final quota for the hunt should be, but is expected to take the approval of the Natural Resources Board into account.

From Idaho News 6:

IDAHO — On July 1, 2021, Senate Bill 1211, also known as the Wolf Management bill, went into effect in Idaho. This bill passed through Idaho’s house and senate quickly and landed on Gov. Brad Little’s desk back in May where it was signed into law.

Senate Bill 1211 allows anyone with a wolf hunting tag to kill an unlimited number of wolves and gets rid of restrictions on how the wolves can be killed.

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From Jefferson Public Radio:

An Oregon gray wolf’s epic walkabout in Southern California is pushing the boundaries of the endangered species’ range.

In late September, California wildlife officials received three reports of gray wolf sightings in Ventura County – one county up the coast from Los Angeles near the Los Padres National Forest. California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff then found recent wolf tracks in the same area.

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From Wisconsin Public Radio:

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says it’s setting a quota of 130 wolves for the fall wolf hunt, rejecting a move by its own policy-setting board to more than double the amount of wolves that can be harvested.

In a news release, the DNR said state law authorizes the agency to make the final call on a quota for the hunt that’s set to begin Nov. 6. The move is the latest development in an apparent power struggle between the DNR under Gov. Tony Evers’ administration and the conservative majority on the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board who were appointed by former Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

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In Germany, wolves are shot illegally. The nature organization Naturschutzbund Deutschland, (NABU) warns of this.

At the end of September alone, three animals were found dead in the northern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. This brings the number of wolves killed without a hunting permit this year to 11, which means more wolves have been killed than in previous years, environmentalists have warned.

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From The Brussels Times:

The Flemish budget for wolf-proof fencing is expected to be multiplied by ten in the wake of multiple wolf attacks on cattle and livestock.

In 2020, subsidies for such fencing were budgeted at around €75,000. A new subsidy regulation already given preliminary approval will be ten times that amount, reports the Flemish infocentre for agriculture and horticulture (VILT).

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From the Los Angeles Times:

An endangered gray wolf that traveled at least 1,000 miles from Oregon to California’s Central Coast before his tracking collar stopped giving signals in the spring may still be alive and roaming in Ventura County.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday that it received three reports last month of a wolf with a purple collar in the northern part of the county, and officials were able to confirm wolf tracks in the vicinity.

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