From the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington:

A member of the state’s Wolf Advisory Group has been dismissed from the committee by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife director Kelly Susewind in the latest twist of hotly debated issues surround wolf-kill orders in northeast Washington.

Tim Coleman, executive director of Kettle Range Conservation Group, was removed Aug. 3.

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From The Wilton Bulletin and the Associated Press:

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington on Tuesday ordered that more endangered wolves be killed in a pack that continued to prey on cattle in Stevens County even after one member was eliminated.

Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind authorized the removal of one or two wolves from the so-called Wedge pack in response to repeated depredations of cattle on public grazing land.

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From the Capital Press:

Washington Fish and Wildlife early Thursday announced it intends to shoot a wolf in the Wedge pack, while halting plans to kill wolves in the Togo pack.

The Wedge wolf pack in northeast Washington has attacked at least a dozen calves, killing two and injuring 10, since May 11.

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From the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:

On June 17, WDFW staff conducted an investigation of an injured calf in a private pasture in Stevens County. This incident occurred within the Wedge pack territory.

The investigation of the injured calf showed bite wounds and lacerations consistent with a wolf attack. The calf and its mother were removed from the private 800-acre pasture to the livestock producer’s home for further monitoring. The combination of bite wounds and lacerations with associated hemorrhaging and recent wolf locations in the area provide evidence consistent with a confirmed wolf depredation.

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From The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington:

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife director Kelly Susewind on Friday reauthorized WDFW staff to lethally remove wolves from the Togo pack territory in response to what the department has deemed “repeated depredations of cattle on grazing lands in the Kettle River range” of Ferry County. The reauthorization allows for up to two wolves to be removed through lethal removal permits and WDFW removal efforts.

This may leave the pack with just one or two surviving members, according to the department’s annual wolf report released in April.

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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 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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DENVER, May 8 (UPI) — As the population of gray wolves expands across the northern United States, researchers are finding a surprising side-effect: Their presence appears to lead to a reduction in the coyote population.

Wildlife researchers at the University of Washington are using radio transmitter collars and game cameras to determine how the new presence of top-of-the-food-chain predators is influencing scavengers, or “kleptoparasites,” particularly coyotes.

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From The Daily Chronicle in Washington state:

Washington’s annual wolf report, released Monday, was a mixed bag, according to regional conservation groups.

The good news? Wolf populations continue to grow in Washington. The bad? Most wolves remain concentrated in northeast Washington, a geographic reality that, per the state’s rules, stymies the recovery process.

“I think we’re anxious to see more growth in the North Cascades and even getting our first wolf pack south of 1-90,” said Paula Sweeden, Conservation Northwest’s policy director. “That’s an important indicator for getting toward recovery.”

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From The Daily Chronicle:

Washington wildlife managers received 7,798 comments about the future of wolves, with the majority of those comments coming from out of state.

Of the comments, 47% came from Washington and 3% from Idaho, Montana and Oregon. The remainder came from across the nation.

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