They’re an animal.” Along with its predator statement, the Douglas County council made its preliminary 2015 deer season recommendations. But he cautioned hunters not to expect trophy bucks. Agreement with the Douglas County Deer Advisory Council’s plan was second with 37 responses.
Two of the bills he and Short sponsored got unanimous votes by the House on Tuesday. Four new packs were also discovered. The agency says at least 68 gray wolves now roam the state. There are 16 wolf packs and at least five successful breeding pairs. The number of confirmed wolves in North Central Washington actually dropped slightly, from 13 to 11.
…predation are responsible for the Lolo’s declining elk herds. The Lolo elk population has dropped from 16,000 elk in 1989 to roughly 2,100 elk in 2010, and possibly fewer than 1,000 this year. State studies indicate that wolves have become the primary predator affecting calf and cow elk survival in the Lolo. In addition to the 19 wolves killed by government agents, another 11 wolves were taken by hunters and trappers in the Lolo zone during the 2014-2015 harvest season. …
“Wolves in Michigan and the other western Great Lakes states are fully recovered from endangered species status, which is a great success story,” said DNR Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason. “Continuing to use the Endangered Species Act to protect a recovered species not only undermines the integrity of the Act, it leaves farmers and others with no immediate recourse when their animals are being attacked and killed by wolves.”
Mexican wolf range includes the Gila and Apache national forests and is slated to be expanded when a new management rule takes effect Feb. 17. The recent census found a total of 19 Mexican wolf packs, with a minimum of 53 wolves in New Mexico and 56 wolves in Arizona. Fourteen packs had at least one pup that survived through the end of the year, the FWS reported. At least 38 wild-born pups survived through the end of the year. The new management rule expands the range…
Hunters are required to report coyotes killed within those counties. Coyote hunting permits will be available online. The state agency also temporarily listed the red wolf as a threatened species, the release said. Coyotes are considered a threat to livestock, pets and native wildlife.
Fish and Game documented a peak of 856 wolves in 2009. The green group hopes for an increase in federal monitoring, with the population dropping at the very least. State studies have shown more breeding pairs than the federal criteria indicate, he said.
…to kill 120 to 160 wolves to save caribou herds threatened by predation. In the four caribou herds that roam that region, at least 37 percent of all adult mortalities have been documented as wolf predations, Canadian officials said. The South Selkirk herd has declined from 46 caribou in 2009 to 27 in 2012 and to 18 in a survey conducted 10 months ago. Evidence points to wolves being the leading cause of mortality, officials said.