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From mynorthwest.com

new bill in the Washington Legislature seeks to help mitigate the threat that some Washington wolves potentially pose to livestock by mandating radio collars for those in “problem packs.”

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From spokesman.com

A bill mandating radio collars on wolves in “problem packs” is making its way through the Washington Legislature this week.

Introduced by Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, House Bill 2906 goes before the House Committee on Rural Development, Agriculture, & Natural Resources on Friday.

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From The Spokesman-Review:

Two range riders who were supposed to be protecting cattle in Ferry County in 2018 were more than 100 miles away in Spokane, shopping and spending time at the Davenport Hotel, according to a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife investigation that has since been referred to a Thurston County prosecutor.

Meanwhile, environmental groups charge, wolves killed cattle in the area the range riders were supposed to be patrolling, which led in turn to the wolves being exterminated.

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From capitalpress.com

Washington Fish and Wildlife will ask a King County judge Jan. 3 to partially dismiss a lawsuit that opposes shooting wolves, seeking to repeat the success it had in another Western Washington courtroom.

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From LATimes.com

When Washington ranchers find that gray wolves have attacked their cattle, they can call the state wildlife agency, which has killed 31 of the protected predators since 2012 under a program intended to save vulnerable livestock.

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From spokesman.com

During Washington’s early years of wolf recovery, social conflict between people with different perspectives and values has increased dramatically. There are some using this conflict for a broader agenda, not attempting to reduce the polarization. Many others with various perspectives concerning wolf recovery are spending significant time and resources sincerely attempting to work together.

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From The Columbian and the Associated Press:

SALEM, Ore.  — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has told Gov. Jay Inslee it will try “previously unused tools” to protect cattle and avoid shooting wolves in the Kettle River Range, though it did not specify any new tactics.

The department responded to Inslee’s complaint that recurrent culling of wolves in the northeast Washington mountain range is unacceptable, the Capital Press reported.

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From Tribal Tribune:

NESPELEM – In January when the Colville Business Council voted unanimously to approve a Gray Wolf Management Plan on the Colville Reservation, wildlife managers had decided to wait on creating hunting regulations on the North Half of the Colville Reservation, according to CTFW director Randy Friedlander.

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From The Spokesman-Review:

ENDANGERED SPECIES — Wolves from two different packs — one already targeted for lethal removal — have been associated with new attacks on livestock, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports today.

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From AgInfo:

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife wolf coordinator, Donny Martorello says it’s a likely sign, not surprisingly, that wolves are expanding their range across the state …

 

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