From the Colorado Sun:

As the wolf reintroduction fight howls in Colorado, wildlife officials are fielding more reports from people who suspect they’ve spotted a wolf in the wild.

release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife last week noted they are tracking a wolf in Jackson County and a pack of six wolves in northwest Colorado. The agency reported a “credible wolf sighting” in the Laramie River Valley of Larimer County and posted photos of a “large wolf-like animal” spotted by campers in Grand County.

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From The Northern View in British Columbia, Canada:

A recent wolf attack was predatory in nature, said the Conservation Officer Service (COS) about the assault on a Port Edward senior citizen.

“The preliminary findings of the investigation are that the wolf through opportunity began attacking the victim. The attack was predatory in nature,” Tracy Walbauer, Sergeant with the North Coast Zone COS said of the May 29 incident.

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From The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington:

Several wildlife advocate groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday to ensure that the U.S. Forest Service protects endangered gray wolves in the Colville National Forest in northeast Washington where livestock ranching activities have contributed to conflict.

The plaintiffs were the WildEarth Guardians, Western Watersheds Project and Kettle Range Conservation Group. They contend negligence on the part of the federal agency has resulted in the deaths of 26 wolves since 2012, including the total destruction of both the Profanity Peak Pack and the Old Profanity Territory Pack.

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From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the University of Minnesota through the Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, conducted a survey of Minnesota residents to support the 2020 update to the Minnesota Wolf Management Plan.

The study focused on three groups: Minnesota households, resident adult firearms deer hunters and livestock producers that operate in the 2019 wolf range. The main purpose of the study was to collect baseline information on these three groups’ attitudes and values for wolves and wolf management. Importantly, these data were collected using scientific survey methods, and are representative of the populations.

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From The Detroit News:

Pickford — The undercover officer followed Kurt Johnston Duncan to his “bait pen,” about 200 yards from his cabin along a marsh.

Two bald eagles lay among the deer remains. One eagle was still in an illegal snare meant for a gray wolf or another predator.

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June 16, 2020

The board of the Minnesota-based International Wolf Center watched the tragic death of George Floyd with shock and dismay.  We are greatly troubled and saddened by the legacy of racism once again exposed by this event.  We are compelled to add our voices to those who strongly condemn racial injustice and racially motivated violence.

While we acknowledge that we cannot fully understand the pain felt by the African American community and other communities of color, we commit to spend more time listening and learning from these communities. Furthermore, we commit to identify specific ways in which we can work together with these communities to dismantle racist structures and systems.  We ask that our community of supporters hold us accountable and participate with us as we learn and take action.

From the board of directors at the International Wolf Center

From KUOW in Washington state:

There is probably no other species in North America that elicits more division than wolves. The sides usually come down to ranchers who fear for their cattle, and environmentalists who fear the extinction of an animal they value and see as critical to the balance of nature. Wolves reveal the bigger picture of the relationship between humans and the wild, and indeed the relationship between humans from different walks of life.

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From the Billings Gazette and the Associated Press:

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Russ Lucas first noticed in mid-April that an unwelcome neighbor — wolves — were back on his family’s Spring Gulch cattle ranch.

The hindquarter of a calf, he recalled, had been bit into, and its hide peeled back. Seeing the severity of the wounds, the third-generation rancher knew exactly what had happened and what he needed to do.

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From the Coloradoan.com:

Have wolves traveled into Larimer County, Colorado?

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are attempting to confirm a credible wolf sighting in the Laramie River Valley in Larimer County, according to a news release.

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From Colorado State University:

Colorado residents will vote in November on a ballot initiative that calls for the proposed reintroduction of gray wolves to the state. Proposition 107, a citizen-initiated measure, would direct the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to develop and oversee a science-based plan to restore wolves to the western part of the state.

To help ensure the public is informed on this topic, Colorado State University scientists have teamed up with Extension staff to produce and publish educational materials on the possible wolf restoration.

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