That petition is still pending. Officials at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife expect more wolves to eventually disperse into California. About 350 wolf advocates marched from a nearby hotel and dominated a hearing Tuesday in Denver, The Denver Post reported. The turnout was similar Friday in Sacramento. The ranchers who spoke were often met with skeptical outbursts from the crowd.
As of Thursday, 181 wolves had been taken. Last year, 52 percent of the wolves taken were done so with traps. In Wisconsin, a wolf license allows one to hunt or trap the animal, so the DNR doesn’t have clear numbers yet on whether hunters actually have taken up trapping or more trappers purchased licenses.
Three others were struck by vehicles and another from a non-management related cause, according to the statement. Environmental groups have filed suit against the state saying those who hunt coyotes are killing the slightly larger, endangered red wolves either by accident or on purpose.
Wolves took advantage of weakened moose, fueling high rates of predation. Generations of inbreeding, with no ice bridges to introduce new wolves to the island, have bred genetic deformities in the animals. Tom Coburn, thinks Isle Royale isn’t worth the money spent to keep it open, wolves or no wolves.
Parents consider the “kid cages” a reasonable precaution. Defenders of the wolves note there have been no documented wolf attacks in New Mexico or Arizona. The group offered literature by Ayn Rand and screened the documentary “Wolves in Government Clothing,” which equated rampaging wolves with an out-of-control federal government. Said one Arizona rancher at the event: “Is this politically driven?
But a gray wolf known as OR7 spent more than a year in Northern California after migrating from Oregon. That wolf crossed back into Oregon on March 1. Officials at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife expect more wolves to eventually disperse into California. That petition is still pending. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also extended the public comment period on the federal delisting proposal for the wolf.
…22–LAS CRUCES — Wolves and cattle ranchers have come head to head again in the Gila and Apache national forests. Attacks on livestock have prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to issue orders to remove three Mexican wolves from the New Mexico and Arizona land where the endangered species is being reintroduced, according to internal memorandums. The service says its goal is to capture the wolves alive and hold them in captivity, likely in one of the service’s 52 breeding…
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources warns hunters about the potential dangers of hunting in open water late in the season. Many open-water hunters use layout boats. A layout boat is a one- or two-person boat with a very shallow draft and extremely low sides. Do not hunt during rough weather and stormy conditions. –Most duck boats don’t make good tender boats.