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2024
Washington state leaders try to find solutions for wolf depredations and killing of wolves
Washington state leaders try to find solutions for wolf depredations and killing of wolves

By Courtney Flatt (Northwest News Network) Some ranchers are saying it is time to find creative ways to deal with wolf attacks on livestock. That’s what a new bill in the Washington state Senate hopes to do — to the frustration of some wildlife rights groups. A big goal of Senate Bill 5939 is to lethally remove wolves that chronically attack livestock. Right now, ranchers say, current methods — with all the paperwork and decisions — are like disciplining your pet, days later. The wolves don’t understand why they are being targeted. “I think if people listen to what’s being proposed, they…
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Wolf kills a calf in Colorado, the first confirmed kill after predator's reintroduction
Wolf kills a calf in Colorado, the first confirmed kill after predator's reintroduction

by The Associated Press Thu, April 4th 2024  DENVER — A wolf has killed a calf in Colorado, wildlife officials said Wednesday, confirming the first livestock kill after 10 of the predators were controversially reintroduced in December to the aggrievement of the state's rural residents. Colorado Parks and Wildlife confirmed after an investigation that the wounds of the calf killed Tuesday, and nearby wolf tracks, were consistent with a wolf kill, what they refer to as a “depredation.” “The field investigation found multiple tooth rake marks on the calf’s hindquarters and neck, and hemorrhaging under the hide, consistent with wolf depredation," Jeromy…
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Hunters React To Wisconsin Governor Evers’ Wolf Management Veto
Hunters React To Wisconsin Governor Evers’ Wolf Management Veto

On Friday, March 31st, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers vetoed 41 bills which had been passed by the state’s legislature. Among the vetoed bills was Senate Bill, SB139, which would have set a target population goal for the gray wolf which would have helped manage the state’s out-of- control and currently unmanaged wolf population. The veto was immediately condemned by Wisconsin hunters, farmers and residents in the areas most impacted by the increasing wolf population, and around the nation by groups who see the move as purely political.

Will Coloradans Ban Mountain Lion Hunting at the Ballot Box This Fall?
Will Coloradans Ban Mountain Lion Hunting at the Ballot Box This Fall?

Field and Stream by Travis Hall Back in December, Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) released five gray wolves on public land west of Denver. The widely-publicized release took place amid heavy opposition from hunters and conservation groups because it had been mandated by a narrowly-passed ballot initiative four years earlier. Now, Colorado’s voting public is on the cusp of considering yet another controversial wildlife-related ballot referendum. The ballot initiative that led to December’s wolf release, known as Proposition 114, was a shining example of what conservation-minded hunters often decry as “ballot box biology.” It put a critical wildlife management decision—something typically hashed out through…
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Evers vetoes bill seeking statewide population goal for wolves
Evers vetoes bill seeking statewide population goal for wolves

Wisconsin Public Radio - By  Danielle Kaeding Supporters of the bill say it's necessary to keep the wolf population in check Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed a Republican bill that would have ordered state wildlife regulators to set a statewide population goal for wolves. The legislation was introduced by Sen. Rob Stafsholt, R-New Richmond, and Rep. Chanz Green, R-Grand View, after the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources nixed a population goal in an update of its wolf management plan. In his veto message, Evers said he was vetoing the bill because he objected to a numeric goal for wolves. He also…
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As gray wolves terrorize farms and ranches, GOP lawmakers demand endangered species delisting
As gray wolves terrorize farms and ranches, GOP lawmakers demand endangered species delisting

Fox News By Thomas Catenacci House Republicans are urging the Biden administration to delist the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act, pointing to conflicts with ranchers and farmers, along with the species' growing population. As the species is delisted from the endangered list in several states, farmers fear increased livestock predation and call for stricter management strategies. GOP lawmakers propose legislation to either fully delist the gray wolf or grant states more control over their management. Farmers argue that the growing wolf population poses a significant threat to their farms and ranches.  

Wildlife managers report first possible wolf pack sighting in NV in over 100 years
Wildlife managers report first possible wolf pack sighting in NV in over 100 years

Nevada Current - By Jeniffer Solis State wildlife managers reported a possible wolf pack sighting in Nevada for the first time in over 100 years on Wednesday. Last week, a helicopter crew conducting an aerial moose survey spotted three suspected wolves traveling together in northeast Nevada near Merritt Mountain, north of Elko. State wildlife biologists are now working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to confirm the sighting of one of Nevada’s most iconic native carnivores. “The Nevada Department of Wildlife observed three suspected wolves, but we have not officially confirmed the sighting yet. We continue to investigate to…
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What deer and wolf numbers in Bayfield County reveal about Wisconsin wildlife policy debates
What deer and wolf numbers in Bayfield County reveal about Wisconsin wildlife policy debates

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has released its 2023 figures for that season's deer hunt harvest, the state's estimated wolf population and depredation payments, illustrating the complex trends central to the politics of regulating a controversial and charismatic animal. By Nathan Denzin | Here & Now (PBS Wisconsin) Deer hunting comes up a lot when people talk about wolves in Wisconsin. The harvest numbers for the 2023 gun season showing an annual dip in the number of deer taken home are likely to feed more conversations. Only about 295,000 deer were harvested in Wisconsin in 2023, representing a more than 50%…
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Here’s where Colorado’s new wolves roamed in March as they expanded their territory
Here’s where Colorado’s new wolves roamed in March as they expanded their territory

The Denver Post By Elise Schmelzer One wolf’s collar is no longer working, wildlife officials said. Colorado’s reintroduced wolves continue to roam widely across the state in the last month, though wildlife officials who released a tracking map said the geolocating collar for one of the canines was no longer working. The 12 wolves known to live in Colorado, including 10 released in December, spent time in a large swath of the state, according to a new map of wolf activity released Wednesday by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. https://www.denverpost.com/2024/03/27/colorado-wolves-reintroduction-map-collars-roaming/

In Colorado, ranchers aren't allowed to kill this apex predator. Here's why
In Colorado, ranchers aren't allowed to kill this apex predator. Here's why

CNN's Lucy Kafanov reports.- Packs of gray wolves are once again roaming the Colorado Rockies after the state approved the first-ever voter mandated reintroduction of wolves. While urban voters and environmental advocates applaud the move, some ranchers are worried about the apex predator's potential impact on livestock and livelihoods.

Man dead, brother injured in first fatal mountain lion attack in California in 20 years
Man dead, brother injured in first fatal mountain lion attack in California in 20 years

by TOM AIZENBERG | KRNV EL DORADO COUNTY, Ca. — One man is dead after being attacked by a mountain lion in Georgetown, California on Saturday afternoon. On March 23 at approximately 1:15 p.m., the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office (EDSO) received a 911 call from an 18-year-old who reported that a mountain lion near the remote area of Darling Ridge Road and Skid Road in Georgetown attacked him and his 21-year-old brother. The caller suffered traumatic injuries to his face and was separated from his brother during the attack. EDSO deputies and paramedics arrived at 1:34 p.m. and began…
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Biden admin accelerates plan to unleash grizzly bears near rural community over widespread local opposition
Biden admin accelerates plan to unleash grizzly bears near rural community over widespread local opposition

Fox News by Thomas Catenacci Releasing the apex predator into the region will improve 'social tolerance' of the species, the Biden administration said. Wildlife expert Tom Nelson weighs in on the Biden administration's reported plan to release grizzly bears in a federally-managed forest area near communities in Washington on 'Jesse Watters Primetime. We're prioritizing apex predators over elk and deer: Tom Nelson Washington cattle producer Neil Kayser: Grizzly bear relocation is a danger to our families and livestock Washington cattle producer Neil Kayser discusses the Biden administration's aims to relocate the bears to the state on 'The Ingraham Angle.'

F&G Director responds to legal decision regarding wolf trapping and grizzly bears
F&G Director responds to legal decision regarding wolf trapping and grizzly bears

Montana Outdoor - Moosetrack Megan A March 19, 2024 federal court decision will change wolf trapping seasons in some regions of Idaho based on their alleged potential effect on grizzly bears. “We’re very disappointed in this decision,” Fish and Game Director Jim Fredericks said. “While wolf trapping seasons will change to comply with the order, we’re considering our legal options to reverse a decision we believe is wrong based on the law and on-the-ground reality.” The ruling perpetuates misunderstandings about wolves, grizzly bears and trapping in Idaho, Fredericks added. “Idaho has had wolf trapping seasons for over 10 years. We’ve…
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Northland lawmakers introduce bill calling for open season on wolves
Northland lawmakers introduce bill calling for open season on wolves

St. Paul, Minn. (Northern News Now) - By Madisan Green The conversation about wolves and deer in the Northland continues in the Minnesota Capitol. Rep. Roger Skraba (R, Ely) Said: “It’s time to delist it and start putting pressure on the people that make a federal decision” “Bear management, wolf management, timber management, look at all of them and see how they work to bring more deer onto the landscape”  

Idaho wolf trapping cut over threat to grizzlies
Idaho wolf trapping cut over threat to grizzlies

COEUR D'ALENE PRESS By KAYE THORNBRUGH daho’s grizzly bear population tops out at about 200, depending on the time of year, with the largest concentration of grizzlies existing in the Panhandle and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. https://cdapress.com/news/2024/mar/21/idaho-wolf-trapping-cut-over-threat-to-grizzlies/

Wolf numbers rise for eighth year in a row
Wolf numbers rise for eighth year in a row

White Mountain Independent - By Peter Aleshire Mexican Gray Wolves saw a 24% increase in 2022 and a 6% increase in 2023 putting the number in AZ/NM at 257 total. Ranchers say reimbursement programs don’t cover their losses. They maintain that even the presence of the wolves affects how much weight cattle gain.  

Where Wolves and Cattle Collide
Where Wolves and Cattle Collide

FarmProgress - by Olivia Sip Wolf population protection and livestock production create a tricky balance. A top priority for the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association is advocating for the delisting of the gray wolf. Kaitlyn Root, executive director of the MSCA, says, “There are over 2,900 wolves in the state of Minnesota, and we have producers that struggle losing calves to wolves, which is a really big deal.”MN has the largest Gray Wolf population the 48 contiguous states, and that is a problem for cattle producers in the wolf habitat areas -

Keith Mark on hunting and the funding of game management
Keith Mark on hunting and the funding of game management

Hunter Nation President Keith Mark, in a recent PBS documentary, discusses the conservative hunting advocacy group's perspective on how the economics of game management plays a role in wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation. By Nathan Denzin | Here & Now (PBS Wisconsin) Keith Mark: Sometimes I wonder if these anti-hunting groups really care about wildlife, like they say, 'cause they sure don't put their money where their mouth is. You can look at the Pittman-Robertson Act and see how much money that the American hunter pours into conservation on an annual basis. Billions of hunter dollars go to fund your Wisconsin DNR,…
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Brad Olson on wolves preying on livestock, deer in Wisconsin
Brad Olson on wolves preying on livestock, deer in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation President Brad Olson describes concerns about the state's 2023 wolf management plan related to how a growing population of the predator impacts ranching and hunting. By Nathan Denzin | PBS Wisconsin (Here & Now) Brad Olson: I think the biggest fact is is that that wolves, they're just predatory. So they take what's there, they take what's available and in one case in central Wisconsin, they came in in a night and wiped out the entire herd of sheep. That's years and years of work by that individual farmer, it's the emotional stress of something like that, losing…
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Sisters Country rancher seeks compensation for wolf depredation
Sisters Country rancher seeks compensation for wolf depredation

By Bill Bartlett | The Nugget Long Hollow Ranch sits on 12,000 acres across two counties. Its main entrance is on Holmes Road in the heart of Sisters Country. The most visible part of the operation is its wedding and event venue but behind the bucolic setting are cows. Hundreds of them. The ranch also sits on an AKWA (Area of Known Wolf Activity). Long Hollow is claiming the loss of seven cows to wolves beginning in February of 2023 with the most recent loss last year between May and July when two calves went missing. One of the five…
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Same Jonas WDNR section supervisor describes the legal requirements of population objectives shaping the states 2023 plan to manage wolves
Same Jonas WDNR section supervisor describes the legal requirements of population objectives shaping the states 2023 plan to manage wolves

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wildlife species section supervisor Sam Jonas describes the legal requirements and population objectives shaping the state's 2023 plan to manage wolves. By Nathan Denzin | Here & Now (PBS Wisconsin) Sam Jonas: I would say, you know, the overarching result of the 2023 wolf management plan is that it strives for a sustainable and healthy wolf population in the state of Wisconsin, and that's the real goal of the plan itself. In regards to protections, you know, wolves are federally protected currently and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife sort of manages restrictions, what the states can or…
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USFWS decided that placing the Western Gray Wolf back on the endangered species list was “not warranted.”
USFWS decided that placing the Western Gray Wolf back on the endangered species list was “not warranted.”

Mountain Journal by David Tucker The Gray Wolf and a Dogged Pursuit A COALITION OF WESTERN ENVIRONMENTALISTS SEEKS RENEWED ENDANGERED SPECIES STATUS FOR WESTERN GRAY WOLVES The US Fish and Wildlife Service decided that placing the Western Gray Wolf back on the endangered species list was “not warranted.” Now, the Western Environmental Law Center says it intends to sue

The wolf debate and modern America
The wolf debate and modern America

By Brandon Ferdig | Star Tribune - Attendees fill Morrill Hall on Dec. 18, with State Rep. Isaac Schultz (left) and Steve Porter at the front. Look plainly at the wolf issue, and we can see the source of the conflict: 1. Wolves are revered. 2. Wolves can cause serious harm. This animal whose howl at the moon elicits within us spine-tingling wonder is the same one that would latch its jaws onto your dog. It's hard managing something beloved yet potentially harmful, especially when those at odds also belong to opposing demographics. But now let's turn the volume way…
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Wildlife Managers Meet with Ranchers To Explain How To Prevent Attacks by Wolves and Get Compensation if Attacks Occur
Wildlife Managers Meet with Ranchers To Explain How To Prevent Attacks by Wolves and Get Compensation if Attacks Occur

Colorado Times Recorder - by Brodie Farquhar STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – About 100 ranchers from northwest Colorado gathered Wednesday evening to hear Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) and Wildlife Services personnel present information about the reintroduction of grey wolves into western Colorado. Officials answered questions about how to prevent wolf depredations on livestock, as well as how the state will compensate ranchers for losses. Carhart overalls, cowboy hats, and wildlife officer uniforms filled a meeting room at the Steamboat Community Center. Wildlife managers Justin Pollock and Kyle Bond outlined options for ranchers affected by wolf depredation against livestock (cattle, horses, mules,…
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Divisions over wolves shape Wisconsin's new management plan
Divisions over wolves shape Wisconsin's new management plan

By Nathan Denzin | Here & Now | PBS Wisconsin Indigenous communities, farmers, hunters and Wisconsinites of all stripes express strong feelings about wolves as their numbers grow in the state and a new management plan for the species is unveiled. Bring up wolves to a Wisconsinite, and you’ll likely get a passionate response. “They’re going to allow an unchecked, unmanaged wolf population to continue to wreak havoc,” said Keith Mark. “The more you put wolves in close contact, in proximity with people, the greater the chances are of something truly catastrophic happening,” said Brad Olson. “I’m here today to talk about my…
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Northern Colorado ranchers reflect on the arrival of the wolves who migrated down from Wyoming
Northern Colorado ranchers reflect on the arrival of the wolves who migrated down from Wyoming

Wyoming Public Radio | By Melodie Edwards A recent decision to reintroduce wolves has created division between rural and urban Coloradoans. But wolves have actually been there a while. A few years ago, a couple migrated down from Wyoming to settle in the mountain valley of North Park, southwest of Laramie. It’s given the ranchers there a headstart on adjusting to a new reality. As soon as I climbed out of the car, longtime North Parker Gayle Woodsum pointed out a coyote jogging away from her animal rescue ranch. “Oh, there's one right there now,” she said, pointing. “Oh, yeah,” I…
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‘Heard it all 100 times’ — Colorado Parks and Wildlife hosts Steamboat meeting with ranching community over wolf reintroduction
‘Heard it all 100 times’ — Colorado Parks and Wildlife hosts Steamboat meeting with ranching community over wolf reintroduction

Trevor Ballantyne | Steamboat Pilot  Colorado Parks and Wildlife released five gray wolves onto public land in Grand County on Dec. 18. Since then, the wildlife agency has not received any reports of the wolves attacking livestock in Colorado, but the ranching community remains concerned over how to mitigate conflicts with the animals. Colorado Parks and Wildlife/Courtesy photo Colorado Parks and Wildlife hosted a meeting with area livestock producers Wednesday to answer questions and listen to concerns over the state’s wolf reintroduction effort. Packed into a room at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, ranchers heard from CPW staff about how…
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Arkansas Valley Cattlewomen opposed to wolf reintroduction

The Fence Post | Arkansas Valley Cattlewomen The Arkansas Valley Cattlewomen are vehemently opposed to the reintroduction of wolves into Colorado under all circumstances. The recent reintroduction of wolves into Grand County by Colorado Parks and Wildlife was deceitful, irresponsible and negligent due to the fact that they lied to Coloradans about the history of the pack from which these wolves originated. These wolves that were introduced were from known deprecating packs of which other members of the pack were destroyed because of their livestock kills. Wolves are not extinct and have thrived in refuges where they are safe and…
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Petition to Stop Wolf Carnage in the US Northern Rockies Denied as Conservation Groups Call for Protection
Petition to Stop Wolf Carnage in the US Northern Rockies Denied as Conservation Groups Call for Protection

By Ashlee Manalang | Earth.org Controversial legislative actions and management strategies threaten the progress made in wolf recovery efforts. Despite federal wildlife authorities declining pleas to reinstate safeguards for gray wolves in the Northern Rockies, conservation groups continue to advocate for their protection. In recent decades, there has been a paradigm shift in attitudes toward wolves, largely due to a better understanding of their ecological importance. Wolves are now recognized as apex predators. As such, they contribute to controlling the populations of prey species and ensuring the overall balance and health of the ecosystem. However, it will be hard to…
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Former DNR warden under investigation for wolf killing posted online about baiting in his yard
Former DNR warden under investigation for wolf killing posted online about baiting in his yard

By: Henry Redman | Wisconsin Examiner A former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) warden who served on the agency’s committee to create a new wolf management plan for the state is under investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for killing a wolf in his yard in December. He has claimed self-defense, but he posted on Facebook in November that he was baiting the animals with doughnuts and rice crispy cereal. The warden, Patrick Quaintance, also sits on the Wisconsin Conservation Congress where he holds positions on the body’s fur harvest and bear committees. The conservation congress serves…
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Colorado Wolves Likely To Cross Into Wyoming Within Weeks Where They Can Be Shot
Colorado Wolves Likely To Cross Into Wyoming Within Weeks Where They Can Be Shot

By Mark Heinz |  Cowboy State Daily Some of Colorado’s wolves have been pushing north, toward the Wyoming state line. It's likely just a matter of weeks before some cross over into Wyoming, where they can be shot on sight. There’s no telling when wolves from Colorado will cross the state line into Wyoming. But it’s bound to happen, and it could happen soon, a wolf watcher said. “If I had a crystal ball, what do I think? I think that sometime within the next four to six weeks, we’ll have one cross, or maybe a couple cross over,” Colorado resident…
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Alaska Wolf Management with Clay Newcomb
Alaska Wolf Management with Clay Newcomb

Clay Newcomb ventures to southeast Alaska in search of wolves and Sitka blacktail deer with his friend and outfitter, David Benitz. Traveling aboard sea boat and skiff, Clay shadows David along his expansive traplines across the vast coastal Alaskan beaches. David shares his art for trapping along with his love and appreciation for the wolf and desire to manage them as a natural renewable resource. After discovering a few empty sets, they change their attention towards blacktail deer. But finding deer in country that's riddled with predators proves difficult. In the end, persistence pays off with multiple successful sets and…
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Anti-Hunting Initiatives – CO Ballot Initiative 91 and 101 – Prohibit Trophy Hunting
Anti-Hunting Initiatives – CO Ballot Initiative 91 and 101 – Prohibit Trophy Hunting

Colorado Trappers & Predator Hunters Association Rallying call to Preserve our Wilderness Heritage: Colorado At the Forefront - SaveTheHuntColorado.com In recent years, Colorado has become the battleground for a movement threatening not just the hunting tradition, but the very essence of wildlife management. This is not merely a local issue; it’s a ripple that could stir waves across all states. The assault on Colorado’s hunting community and wildlife managers is a precursor to what sportsmen across America might face. Over the last 5 years, relentless attempts have been made to undermine the regulated harvest of Colorado Mountain Lions and Bobcats. The onslaught…
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USFWS – Finding for the Gray Wolf in the Northern Rocky Mountains and the Western United States
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

USFWS - Federal Register - A Proposed Rule by the Fish and Wildlife Service on 02/07/2024 We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a finding on the gray wolf ( Canis lupus) in the Northern Rocky Mountains (NRM) and in the Western United States. After a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial data, we find that gray wolves within the NRM area do not, on their own, represent a valid listable entity; therefore, the NRM is not warranted for listing under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We find that the gray…
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Hunter Nation denounces the Biden admin and USFWS for no change to the gray wolf’s status
Hunter Nation denounces the Biden admin and USFWS for no change to the gray wolf’s status

Hunter Nation denounces the Biden administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for their decision to make no change to the gray wolf’s status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). When the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced their decision to make no change in the wolf’s status, at least until September 2025,  they stated their decision was based, in part, by the fact that the debate over the management of wolves has included more than two decades of litigation where courts have invalidated five out of six rules finalized by the USFWS on the gray wolf status. Hunter…
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2023
Colorado Officials Release Wolves on Western Slope
Colorado Officials Release Wolves on Western Slope

Field & Stream BY TRAVIS HALL The controversial plan was mandated by a narrowly-passed ballot initiative back in 2020. On Monday, December 9, Colorado wildlife officials uncrated five gray wolves on a tract of public land west of Denver. The wolves were captured in Oregon earlier this winter. Their release is part of an ongoing effort to re-stock the species into its historic range in select parts of the Centennial State. he five wolves were the first of anywhere from 30 to 50 that will be released in Colorado over the next 3 to 5 years, Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW)…
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USFWS – Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of the Gray Wolf in Colorado
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

USFWS - Federal Register - A Rule by the Fish and Wildlife Service on 11/08/2023 We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), establish a nonessential experimental population (NEP) of the gray wolf ( Canis lupus) in the State of Colorado, under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The State of Colorado (Colorado Parks and Wildlife or CPW) requested that the Service establish an NEP in conjunction with their State-led gray wolf reintroduction effort. Establishment of this NEP provides for allowable, legal, purposeful, and incidental taking of the gray wolf within a defined NEP area while concurrently providing for the conservation…
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Hunter Nation Salutes Reps Tiffany And Boebert For Wolf Delisting Legislation
Hunter Nation Salutes Reps Tiffany And Boebert For Wolf Delisting Legislation

Hunter Nation, is celebrating the efforts of Representatives Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Tom Tiffany (R-WI) for their wildlife management legislation, H.R. 764, known as, the “Trust The Science Act”. The legislation mandates the delisting of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This delisting would effectively return the management of the gray wolf to state lawmakers and state wildlife officials. The legislation would also prevent judicial review of the legislative action. The bill passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee last week and demonstrates that science can trump politics on this critical conservation issue. Keith Mark, Hunter…
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2024
Washington state leaders try to find solutions for wolf depredations and killing of wolves
Washington state leaders try to find solutions for wolf depredations and killing of wolves

By Courtney Flatt (Northwest News Network) Some ranchers are saying it is time to find creative ways to deal with wolf attacks on livestock. That’s what a new bill in the Washington state Senate hopes to do — to the frustration of some wildlife rights groups. A big goal of Senate Bill 5939 is to lethally remove wolves that chronically attack livestock. Right now, ranchers say, current methods — with all the paperwork and decisions — are like disciplining your pet, days later. The wolves don’t understand why they are being targeted. “I think if people listen to what’s being proposed, they…
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Wolf kills a calf in Colorado, the first confirmed kill after predator's reintroduction
Wolf kills a calf in Colorado, the first confirmed kill after predator's reintroduction

by The Associated Press Thu, April 4th 2024  DENVER — A wolf has killed a calf in Colorado, wildlife officials said Wednesday, confirming the first livestock kill after 10 of the predators were controversially reintroduced in December to the aggrievement of the state's rural residents. Colorado Parks and Wildlife confirmed after an investigation that the wounds of the calf killed Tuesday, and nearby wolf tracks, were consistent with a wolf kill, what they refer to as a “depredation.” “The field investigation found multiple tooth rake marks on the calf’s hindquarters and neck, and hemorrhaging under the hide, consistent with wolf depredation," Jeromy…
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Hunters React To Wisconsin Governor Evers’ Wolf Management Veto
Hunters React To Wisconsin Governor Evers’ Wolf Management Veto

On Friday, March 31st, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers vetoed 41 bills which had been passed by the state’s legislature. Among the vetoed bills was Senate Bill, SB139, which would have set a target population goal for the gray wolf which would have helped manage the state’s out-of- control and currently unmanaged wolf population. The veto was immediately condemned by Wisconsin hunters, farmers and residents in the areas most impacted by the increasing wolf population, and around the nation by groups who see the move as purely political.

Will Coloradans Ban Mountain Lion Hunting at the Ballot Box This Fall?
Will Coloradans Ban Mountain Lion Hunting at the Ballot Box This Fall?

Field and Stream by Travis Hall Back in December, Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) released five gray wolves on public land west of Denver. The widely-publicized release took place amid heavy opposition from hunters and conservation groups because it had been mandated by a narrowly-passed ballot initiative four years earlier. Now, Colorado’s voting public is on the cusp of considering yet another controversial wildlife-related ballot referendum. The ballot initiative that led to December’s wolf release, known as Proposition 114, was a shining example of what conservation-minded hunters often decry as “ballot box biology.” It put a critical wildlife management decision—something typically hashed out through…
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Evers vetoes bill seeking statewide population goal for wolves
Evers vetoes bill seeking statewide population goal for wolves

Wisconsin Public Radio - By  Danielle Kaeding Supporters of the bill say it's necessary to keep the wolf population in check Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed a Republican bill that would have ordered state wildlife regulators to set a statewide population goal for wolves. The legislation was introduced by Sen. Rob Stafsholt, R-New Richmond, and Rep. Chanz Green, R-Grand View, after the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources nixed a population goal in an update of its wolf management plan. In his veto message, Evers said he was vetoing the bill because he objected to a numeric goal for wolves. He also…
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As gray wolves terrorize farms and ranches, GOP lawmakers demand endangered species delisting
As gray wolves terrorize farms and ranches, GOP lawmakers demand endangered species delisting

Fox News By Thomas Catenacci House Republicans are urging the Biden administration to delist the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act, pointing to conflicts with ranchers and farmers, along with the species' growing population. As the species is delisted from the endangered list in several states, farmers fear increased livestock predation and call for stricter management strategies. GOP lawmakers propose legislation to either fully delist the gray wolf or grant states more control over their management. Farmers argue that the growing wolf population poses a significant threat to their farms and ranches.  

Wildlife managers report first possible wolf pack sighting in NV in over 100 years
Wildlife managers report first possible wolf pack sighting in NV in over 100 years

Nevada Current - By Jeniffer Solis State wildlife managers reported a possible wolf pack sighting in Nevada for the first time in over 100 years on Wednesday. Last week, a helicopter crew conducting an aerial moose survey spotted three suspected wolves traveling together in northeast Nevada near Merritt Mountain, north of Elko. State wildlife biologists are now working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to confirm the sighting of one of Nevada’s most iconic native carnivores. “The Nevada Department of Wildlife observed three suspected wolves, but we have not officially confirmed the sighting yet. We continue to investigate to…
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What deer and wolf numbers in Bayfield County reveal about Wisconsin wildlife policy debates
What deer and wolf numbers in Bayfield County reveal about Wisconsin wildlife policy debates

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has released its 2023 figures for that season's deer hunt harvest, the state's estimated wolf population and depredation payments, illustrating the complex trends central to the politics of regulating a controversial and charismatic animal. By Nathan Denzin | Here & Now (PBS Wisconsin) Deer hunting comes up a lot when people talk about wolves in Wisconsin. The harvest numbers for the 2023 gun season showing an annual dip in the number of deer taken home are likely to feed more conversations. Only about 295,000 deer were harvested in Wisconsin in 2023, representing a more than 50%…
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Here’s where Colorado’s new wolves roamed in March as they expanded their territory
Here’s where Colorado’s new wolves roamed in March as they expanded their territory

The Denver Post By Elise Schmelzer One wolf’s collar is no longer working, wildlife officials said. Colorado’s reintroduced wolves continue to roam widely across the state in the last month, though wildlife officials who released a tracking map said the geolocating collar for one of the canines was no longer working. The 12 wolves known to live in Colorado, including 10 released in December, spent time in a large swath of the state, according to a new map of wolf activity released Wednesday by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. https://www.denverpost.com/2024/03/27/colorado-wolves-reintroduction-map-collars-roaming/

In Colorado, ranchers aren't allowed to kill this apex predator. Here's why
In Colorado, ranchers aren't allowed to kill this apex predator. Here's why

CNN's Lucy Kafanov reports.- Packs of gray wolves are once again roaming the Colorado Rockies after the state approved the first-ever voter mandated reintroduction of wolves. While urban voters and environmental advocates applaud the move, some ranchers are worried about the apex predator's potential impact on livestock and livelihoods.

Man dead, brother injured in first fatal mountain lion attack in California in 20 years
Man dead, brother injured in first fatal mountain lion attack in California in 20 years

by TOM AIZENBERG | KRNV EL DORADO COUNTY, Ca. — One man is dead after being attacked by a mountain lion in Georgetown, California on Saturday afternoon. On March 23 at approximately 1:15 p.m., the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office (EDSO) received a 911 call from an 18-year-old who reported that a mountain lion near the remote area of Darling Ridge Road and Skid Road in Georgetown attacked him and his 21-year-old brother. The caller suffered traumatic injuries to his face and was separated from his brother during the attack. EDSO deputies and paramedics arrived at 1:34 p.m. and began…
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Biden admin accelerates plan to unleash grizzly bears near rural community over widespread local opposition
Biden admin accelerates plan to unleash grizzly bears near rural community over widespread local opposition

Fox News by Thomas Catenacci Releasing the apex predator into the region will improve 'social tolerance' of the species, the Biden administration said. Wildlife expert Tom Nelson weighs in on the Biden administration's reported plan to release grizzly bears in a federally-managed forest area near communities in Washington on 'Jesse Watters Primetime. We're prioritizing apex predators over elk and deer: Tom Nelson Washington cattle producer Neil Kayser: Grizzly bear relocation is a danger to our families and livestock Washington cattle producer Neil Kayser discusses the Biden administration's aims to relocate the bears to the state on 'The Ingraham Angle.'

F&G Director responds to legal decision regarding wolf trapping and grizzly bears
F&G Director responds to legal decision regarding wolf trapping and grizzly bears

Montana Outdoor - Moosetrack Megan A March 19, 2024 federal court decision will change wolf trapping seasons in some regions of Idaho based on their alleged potential effect on grizzly bears. “We’re very disappointed in this decision,” Fish and Game Director Jim Fredericks said. “While wolf trapping seasons will change to comply with the order, we’re considering our legal options to reverse a decision we believe is wrong based on the law and on-the-ground reality.” The ruling perpetuates misunderstandings about wolves, grizzly bears and trapping in Idaho, Fredericks added. “Idaho has had wolf trapping seasons for over 10 years. We’ve…
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Northland lawmakers introduce bill calling for open season on wolves
Northland lawmakers introduce bill calling for open season on wolves

St. Paul, Minn. (Northern News Now) - By Madisan Green The conversation about wolves and deer in the Northland continues in the Minnesota Capitol. Rep. Roger Skraba (R, Ely) Said: “It’s time to delist it and start putting pressure on the people that make a federal decision” “Bear management, wolf management, timber management, look at all of them and see how they work to bring more deer onto the landscape”  

Idaho wolf trapping cut over threat to grizzlies
Idaho wolf trapping cut over threat to grizzlies

COEUR D'ALENE PRESS By KAYE THORNBRUGH daho’s grizzly bear population tops out at about 200, depending on the time of year, with the largest concentration of grizzlies existing in the Panhandle and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. https://cdapress.com/news/2024/mar/21/idaho-wolf-trapping-cut-over-threat-to-grizzlies/

Wolf numbers rise for eighth year in a row
Wolf numbers rise for eighth year in a row

White Mountain Independent - By Peter Aleshire Mexican Gray Wolves saw a 24% increase in 2022 and a 6% increase in 2023 putting the number in AZ/NM at 257 total. Ranchers say reimbursement programs don’t cover their losses. They maintain that even the presence of the wolves affects how much weight cattle gain.  

Where Wolves and Cattle Collide
Where Wolves and Cattle Collide

FarmProgress - by Olivia Sip Wolf population protection and livestock production create a tricky balance. A top priority for the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association is advocating for the delisting of the gray wolf. Kaitlyn Root, executive director of the MSCA, says, “There are over 2,900 wolves in the state of Minnesota, and we have producers that struggle losing calves to wolves, which is a really big deal.”MN has the largest Gray Wolf population the 48 contiguous states, and that is a problem for cattle producers in the wolf habitat areas -

Keith Mark on hunting and the funding of game management
Keith Mark on hunting and the funding of game management

Hunter Nation President Keith Mark, in a recent PBS documentary, discusses the conservative hunting advocacy group's perspective on how the economics of game management plays a role in wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation. By Nathan Denzin | Here & Now (PBS Wisconsin) Keith Mark: Sometimes I wonder if these anti-hunting groups really care about wildlife, like they say, 'cause they sure don't put their money where their mouth is. You can look at the Pittman-Robertson Act and see how much money that the American hunter pours into conservation on an annual basis. Billions of hunter dollars go to fund your Wisconsin DNR,…
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Brad Olson on wolves preying on livestock, deer in Wisconsin
Brad Olson on wolves preying on livestock, deer in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation President Brad Olson describes concerns about the state's 2023 wolf management plan related to how a growing population of the predator impacts ranching and hunting. By Nathan Denzin | PBS Wisconsin (Here & Now) Brad Olson: I think the biggest fact is is that that wolves, they're just predatory. So they take what's there, they take what's available and in one case in central Wisconsin, they came in in a night and wiped out the entire herd of sheep. That's years and years of work by that individual farmer, it's the emotional stress of something like that, losing…
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Sisters Country rancher seeks compensation for wolf depredation
Sisters Country rancher seeks compensation for wolf depredation

By Bill Bartlett | The Nugget Long Hollow Ranch sits on 12,000 acres across two counties. Its main entrance is on Holmes Road in the heart of Sisters Country. The most visible part of the operation is its wedding and event venue but behind the bucolic setting are cows. Hundreds of them. The ranch also sits on an AKWA (Area of Known Wolf Activity). Long Hollow is claiming the loss of seven cows to wolves beginning in February of 2023 with the most recent loss last year between May and July when two calves went missing. One of the five…
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Same Jonas WDNR section supervisor describes the legal requirements of population objectives shaping the states 2023 plan to manage wolves
Same Jonas WDNR section supervisor describes the legal requirements of population objectives shaping the states 2023 plan to manage wolves

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wildlife species section supervisor Sam Jonas describes the legal requirements and population objectives shaping the state's 2023 plan to manage wolves. By Nathan Denzin | Here & Now (PBS Wisconsin) Sam Jonas: I would say, you know, the overarching result of the 2023 wolf management plan is that it strives for a sustainable and healthy wolf population in the state of Wisconsin, and that's the real goal of the plan itself. In regards to protections, you know, wolves are federally protected currently and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife sort of manages restrictions, what the states can or…
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USFWS decided that placing the Western Gray Wolf back on the endangered species list was “not warranted.”
USFWS decided that placing the Western Gray Wolf back on the endangered species list was “not warranted.”

Mountain Journal by David Tucker The Gray Wolf and a Dogged Pursuit A COALITION OF WESTERN ENVIRONMENTALISTS SEEKS RENEWED ENDANGERED SPECIES STATUS FOR WESTERN GRAY WOLVES The US Fish and Wildlife Service decided that placing the Western Gray Wolf back on the endangered species list was “not warranted.” Now, the Western Environmental Law Center says it intends to sue

The wolf debate and modern America
The wolf debate and modern America

By Brandon Ferdig | Star Tribune - Attendees fill Morrill Hall on Dec. 18, with State Rep. Isaac Schultz (left) and Steve Porter at the front. Look plainly at the wolf issue, and we can see the source of the conflict: 1. Wolves are revered. 2. Wolves can cause serious harm. This animal whose howl at the moon elicits within us spine-tingling wonder is the same one that would latch its jaws onto your dog. It's hard managing something beloved yet potentially harmful, especially when those at odds also belong to opposing demographics. But now let's turn the volume way…
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Wildlife Managers Meet with Ranchers To Explain How To Prevent Attacks by Wolves and Get Compensation if Attacks Occur
Wildlife Managers Meet with Ranchers To Explain How To Prevent Attacks by Wolves and Get Compensation if Attacks Occur

Colorado Times Recorder - by Brodie Farquhar STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – About 100 ranchers from northwest Colorado gathered Wednesday evening to hear Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) and Wildlife Services personnel present information about the reintroduction of grey wolves into western Colorado. Officials answered questions about how to prevent wolf depredations on livestock, as well as how the state will compensate ranchers for losses. Carhart overalls, cowboy hats, and wildlife officer uniforms filled a meeting room at the Steamboat Community Center. Wildlife managers Justin Pollock and Kyle Bond outlined options for ranchers affected by wolf depredation against livestock (cattle, horses, mules,…
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Divisions over wolves shape Wisconsin's new management plan
Divisions over wolves shape Wisconsin's new management plan

By Nathan Denzin | Here & Now | PBS Wisconsin Indigenous communities, farmers, hunters and Wisconsinites of all stripes express strong feelings about wolves as their numbers grow in the state and a new management plan for the species is unveiled. Bring up wolves to a Wisconsinite, and you’ll likely get a passionate response. “They’re going to allow an unchecked, unmanaged wolf population to continue to wreak havoc,” said Keith Mark. “The more you put wolves in close contact, in proximity with people, the greater the chances are of something truly catastrophic happening,” said Brad Olson. “I’m here today to talk about my…
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Northern Colorado ranchers reflect on the arrival of the wolves who migrated down from Wyoming
Northern Colorado ranchers reflect on the arrival of the wolves who migrated down from Wyoming

Wyoming Public Radio | By Melodie Edwards A recent decision to reintroduce wolves has created division between rural and urban Coloradoans. But wolves have actually been there a while. A few years ago, a couple migrated down from Wyoming to settle in the mountain valley of North Park, southwest of Laramie. It’s given the ranchers there a headstart on adjusting to a new reality. As soon as I climbed out of the car, longtime North Parker Gayle Woodsum pointed out a coyote jogging away from her animal rescue ranch. “Oh, there's one right there now,” she said, pointing. “Oh, yeah,” I…
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‘Heard it all 100 times’ — Colorado Parks and Wildlife hosts Steamboat meeting with ranching community over wolf reintroduction
‘Heard it all 100 times’ — Colorado Parks and Wildlife hosts Steamboat meeting with ranching community over wolf reintroduction

Trevor Ballantyne | Steamboat Pilot  Colorado Parks and Wildlife released five gray wolves onto public land in Grand County on Dec. 18. Since then, the wildlife agency has not received any reports of the wolves attacking livestock in Colorado, but the ranching community remains concerned over how to mitigate conflicts with the animals. Colorado Parks and Wildlife/Courtesy photo Colorado Parks and Wildlife hosted a meeting with area livestock producers Wednesday to answer questions and listen to concerns over the state’s wolf reintroduction effort. Packed into a room at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, ranchers heard from CPW staff about how…
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Arkansas Valley Cattlewomen opposed to wolf reintroduction

The Fence Post | Arkansas Valley Cattlewomen The Arkansas Valley Cattlewomen are vehemently opposed to the reintroduction of wolves into Colorado under all circumstances. The recent reintroduction of wolves into Grand County by Colorado Parks and Wildlife was deceitful, irresponsible and negligent due to the fact that they lied to Coloradans about the history of the pack from which these wolves originated. These wolves that were introduced were from known deprecating packs of which other members of the pack were destroyed because of their livestock kills. Wolves are not extinct and have thrived in refuges where they are safe and…
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Petition to Stop Wolf Carnage in the US Northern Rockies Denied as Conservation Groups Call for Protection
Petition to Stop Wolf Carnage in the US Northern Rockies Denied as Conservation Groups Call for Protection

By Ashlee Manalang | Earth.org Controversial legislative actions and management strategies threaten the progress made in wolf recovery efforts. Despite federal wildlife authorities declining pleas to reinstate safeguards for gray wolves in the Northern Rockies, conservation groups continue to advocate for their protection. In recent decades, there has been a paradigm shift in attitudes toward wolves, largely due to a better understanding of their ecological importance. Wolves are now recognized as apex predators. As such, they contribute to controlling the populations of prey species and ensuring the overall balance and health of the ecosystem. However, it will be hard to…
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Former DNR warden under investigation for wolf killing posted online about baiting in his yard
Former DNR warden under investigation for wolf killing posted online about baiting in his yard

By: Henry Redman | Wisconsin Examiner A former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) warden who served on the agency’s committee to create a new wolf management plan for the state is under investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for killing a wolf in his yard in December. He has claimed self-defense, but he posted on Facebook in November that he was baiting the animals with doughnuts and rice crispy cereal. The warden, Patrick Quaintance, also sits on the Wisconsin Conservation Congress where he holds positions on the body’s fur harvest and bear committees. The conservation congress serves…
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Colorado Wolves Likely To Cross Into Wyoming Within Weeks Where They Can Be Shot
Colorado Wolves Likely To Cross Into Wyoming Within Weeks Where They Can Be Shot

By Mark Heinz |  Cowboy State Daily Some of Colorado’s wolves have been pushing north, toward the Wyoming state line. It's likely just a matter of weeks before some cross over into Wyoming, where they can be shot on sight. There’s no telling when wolves from Colorado will cross the state line into Wyoming. But it’s bound to happen, and it could happen soon, a wolf watcher said. “If I had a crystal ball, what do I think? I think that sometime within the next four to six weeks, we’ll have one cross, or maybe a couple cross over,” Colorado resident…
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Alaska Wolf Management with Clay Newcomb
Alaska Wolf Management with Clay Newcomb

Clay Newcomb ventures to southeast Alaska in search of wolves and Sitka blacktail deer with his friend and outfitter, David Benitz. Traveling aboard sea boat and skiff, Clay shadows David along his expansive traplines across the vast coastal Alaskan beaches. David shares his art for trapping along with his love and appreciation for the wolf and desire to manage them as a natural renewable resource. After discovering a few empty sets, they change their attention towards blacktail deer. But finding deer in country that's riddled with predators proves difficult. In the end, persistence pays off with multiple successful sets and…
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Anti-Hunting Initiatives – CO Ballot Initiative 91 and 101 – Prohibit Trophy Hunting
Anti-Hunting Initiatives – CO Ballot Initiative 91 and 101 – Prohibit Trophy Hunting

Colorado Trappers & Predator Hunters Association Rallying call to Preserve our Wilderness Heritage: Colorado At the Forefront - SaveTheHuntColorado.com In recent years, Colorado has become the battleground for a movement threatening not just the hunting tradition, but the very essence of wildlife management. This is not merely a local issue; it’s a ripple that could stir waves across all states. The assault on Colorado’s hunting community and wildlife managers is a precursor to what sportsmen across America might face. Over the last 5 years, relentless attempts have been made to undermine the regulated harvest of Colorado Mountain Lions and Bobcats. The onslaught…
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USFWS – Finding for the Gray Wolf in the Northern Rocky Mountains and the Western United States
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

USFWS - Federal Register - A Proposed Rule by the Fish and Wildlife Service on 02/07/2024 We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a finding on the gray wolf ( Canis lupus) in the Northern Rocky Mountains (NRM) and in the Western United States. After a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial data, we find that gray wolves within the NRM area do not, on their own, represent a valid listable entity; therefore, the NRM is not warranted for listing under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We find that the gray…
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Hunter Nation denounces the Biden admin and USFWS for no change to the gray wolf’s status
Hunter Nation denounces the Biden admin and USFWS for no change to the gray wolf’s status

Hunter Nation denounces the Biden administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for their decision to make no change to the gray wolf’s status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). When the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced their decision to make no change in the wolf’s status, at least until September 2025,  they stated their decision was based, in part, by the fact that the debate over the management of wolves has included more than two decades of litigation where courts have invalidated five out of six rules finalized by the USFWS on the gray wolf status. Hunter…
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2023
Colorado Officials Release Wolves on Western Slope
Colorado Officials Release Wolves on Western Slope

Field & Stream BY TRAVIS HALL The controversial plan was mandated by a narrowly-passed ballot initiative back in 2020. On Monday, December 9, Colorado wildlife officials uncrated five gray wolves on a tract of public land west of Denver. The wolves were captured in Oregon earlier this winter. Their release is part of an ongoing effort to re-stock the species into its historic range in select parts of the Centennial State. he five wolves were the first of anywhere from 30 to 50 that will be released in Colorado over the next 3 to 5 years, Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW)…
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USFWS – Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of the Gray Wolf in Colorado
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

USFWS - Federal Register - A Rule by the Fish and Wildlife Service on 11/08/2023 We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), establish a nonessential experimental population (NEP) of the gray wolf ( Canis lupus) in the State of Colorado, under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The State of Colorado (Colorado Parks and Wildlife or CPW) requested that the Service establish an NEP in conjunction with their State-led gray wolf reintroduction effort. Establishment of this NEP provides for allowable, legal, purposeful, and incidental taking of the gray wolf within a defined NEP area while concurrently providing for the conservation…
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Hunter Nation Salutes Reps Tiffany And Boebert For Wolf Delisting Legislation
Hunter Nation Salutes Reps Tiffany And Boebert For Wolf Delisting Legislation

Hunter Nation, is celebrating the efforts of Representatives Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Tom Tiffany (R-WI) for their wildlife management legislation, H.R. 764, known as, the “Trust The Science Act”. The legislation mandates the delisting of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This delisting would effectively return the management of the gray wolf to state lawmakers and state wildlife officials. The legislation would also prevent judicial review of the legislative action. The bill passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee last week and demonstrates that science can trump politics on this critical conservation issue. Keith Mark, Hunter…
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