From National Geographic:

Montana is making it easier to kill wildlife in the state, with a suite of bills and new laws that threatens to undermine 30 years of wolf recovery and establish new hunting standards that even many hunters say is too permissive.

New state laws will allow hunters to kill an unlimited number of wolvesto bait them and hunt them at night, and to set neck snare traps; and will expand the wolf trapping season by 30 days and allow hound hunting of black bears. One law incentivizes trapping by allowing sportsmen’s organizations to pay bounties to hunters who kill wolves—a practice that critics note harkens back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when the draw of government bounties drove hunters to exterminate the animals from the state.

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Perhaps no creature on the Wisconsin landscape elicits more extreme reactions than the gray wolf.

The once nearly extinct population has rebounded, and while some believe there should be no wolf hunting season, a 2011 Wisconsin state law requires an annual harvest unless the wolf is under federal protection. The debate has intensified this year after a very brief and chaotic hunt happened in February, which saw 218 wolves killed, surpassing the quota by over 80% in under 72 hours.

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A young male gray wolf crossed into far Northern California early this month—joining another wolf that trekked into the state in late January and made an epic journey south.

The latest  to arrive in California—called OR-103—was outfitted with a GPS collar in Deschutes County, Oregon. He entered northeastern Siskiyou County on May 4, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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From Emerging Europe:

The wolf is set to become a fully protected species in Slovakia after the country implemented a total ban on hunting.

The hunting of wolves will be illegal in Slovakia from June 1, after the country finally adopted new rules that bring it into line with European Union guidelines.

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From The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, Colorado:

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser is urging the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to do a lot more than just include Western Slope residents in public hearings over reintroduction of the gray wolf.

Because that reintroduction is to happen on the Western Slope only, Weiser also wants the commission to create a special advisory panel made up solely of Western Slope elected officials to ensure people west of the Continental Divide have an appreciable say in what happens next.

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From the Methow Valley News in Washington:

Washington’s wolf population grew by 22% in 2020, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) reported in its annual wolf count, released this month, marking 12 straight years of growth in the population.

The WDFW documented four new packs in 2020, including one in Okanogan County — the Navarre Pack, which was spotted in southwest Okanogan County south of territory occupied by the established Lookout Pack.

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From the Associated Press and the Star Tribune in Minnesota:

BOISE, Idaho — A conservation group is asking the U.S. government to cut off millions of dollars to Idaho that is used to improve wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation opportunities because of legislation that could lead to 90% of the state’s wolves being killed.

The Center for Biological Diversity sent a letter Monday to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, saying states may be deemed ineligible to receive federal wildlife restoration money if states approve legislation contrary to that goal.

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From the Sublette Examiner in Pinedale, Wyoming:

SUBLETTE COUNTY – Gray wolves across Wyoming at the end of 2020 showed growth compared to the year before with higher estimates outside of the state’s trophy-game area.

The 2020 annual report “Wyoming Gray Wolf Monitoring and Management” was posted last week on the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s website.

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From The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington:

BOISE – “We need to talk about what’s happening in Idaho,” announces Wren Woodson, her face greenscreened over an image of a wolf in snow.

Woodson, who describes herself on TikTok as a Wisconsin-based “journalist & wildlife enthusiast,” has gone viral on the social media platform with a video posted earlier this week, captioned “Idaho’s Wolf Killing Bill.” In the short video, which has been watched more than 250,000 times, Woodson points to headlines from The New York Times and The Associated Press as she tells viewers that Idaho plans to kill 90% of its wolf population.

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From in Canada:

Environmental group Pacific Wild says it’s shocked to learn the B.C. government killed 237 wolves over the winter, despite the controversial cull being before the courts.

Calling it a “continued war on wolves,” Pacific Wild said: “This government’s recent behaviour toward our wildlife shows a flagrant disregard for the role our courts have to play in ensuring the lawfulness and accountability of government’s actions and decisions.”

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