wolf hunting http://www.kplu.org en Differing ideas offered to avoid repeat of Washington wolf pack kill http://www.kplu.org/post/differing-ideas-offered-avoid-repeat-washington-wolf-pack-kill OLYMPIA, Wash. - The director of Washington's Fish and Wildlife Department Friday said he hopes never again to have to order the killing of an entire wolf pack, as happened last month. In Olympia Friday, cattlemen and wolf lovers offered the agency radically different ideas for how to avoid a repeat. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.<p>A large crowd of people waited hours upon hours to sound off to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. Rancher Bill McIrvin thanked state officials for eliminating the wolf pack that was preying on his family's cattle. Mon, 08 Oct 2012 16:27:52 +0000 Tom Banse 6630 at http://www.kplu.org Differing ideas offered to avoid repeat of Washington wolf pack kill Final kill in wolf hunt; backlash expected to remain intense http://www.kplu.org/post/final-kill-wolf-hunt-backlash-expected-remain-intense <p>Washington wildlife managers say the hunt for a pack of grey wolves is over. A state marksman killed the alpha male of the pack Thursday in far northeast Washington. The department has killed a total of seven wolves from the Wedge Pack since August.</p><p>However, emotions have run strong over the decision, and debate over wolf management in the Northwest will likely remain intense.</p><blockquote><p>“We know these issues spark strong feelings among Washington residents across the state, which is why we are committed to conducting our business openly and transparently,” Washington Fish and Wildlife Director <a href="http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/sep2712b/" target="_blank">Phil Anderson said in a press release</a>.</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 20:37:35 +0000 Jessica Robinson & Jake Ellison 6528 at http://www.kplu.org Final kill in wolf hunt; backlash expected to remain intense Alpha male wolf In Wedge Pack killed, ending state hunt http://www.kplu.org/post/alpha-male-wolf-wedge-pack-killed-ending-state-hunt Washington wildlife managers say the hunt for a pack of grey wolves is over. A state marksman killed the alpha male of the pack Thursday in far northeast Washington. The department has killed a total of seven wolves from the Wedge Pack since August.<p>Wildlife managers believe the pack was responsible for killing or injuring at least 17 calves and cows in far northeastern Washington. Washington Fish and Wildlife Director Phil Anderson says the pack became dependent on livestock and would continue to attack them. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:21:46 +0000 Jessica Robinson 6523 at http://www.kplu.org Alpha male wolf In Wedge Pack killed, ending state hunt Wolf kills create blowback for state, conservation group http://www.kplu.org/post/wolf-kills-create-blowback-state-conservation-group Washington wildlife officials killed three more grey wolves near the Canadian border Wednesday. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:31:33 +0000 Jessica Robinson 6502 at http://www.kplu.org Wolf kills create blowback for state, conservation group State kills 2 wolves in northeast Washington http://www.kplu.org/post/state-kills-2-wolves-northeast-washington <p></p><p>Officials say two wolves have been killed by a state hunter flying in a helicopter in northeast Washington.</p><p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 02:16:58 +0000 The Associated Press 6479 at http://www.kplu.org Washington couple pleads guilty in wolf poaching scheme http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-couple-pleads-guilty-wolf-poaching-scheme A couple from Twisp, Wash., has accepted a plea deal in a wolf poaching case. Under the agreement with federal prosecutors, Tom White and his wife will not face jail time.<p>White, his father, and his wife Erin were indicted last year in a conspiracy to kill some of the handful of grey wolves that live in eastern Washington. Police discovered the poaching scheme in late 2008 when the family tried to send a wolf pelt to a tanner in Canada. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 17:15:42 +0000 Jessica Robinson 4791 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. hunter pleads guilty to wolf poaching conspiracy http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-hunter-pleads-guilty-wolf-poaching-conspiracy <p>A Twisp, Washington man has changed his plea to guilty in a high-profile federal wolf poaching case. As part of a plea agreement, the 62-year-old man will not go to prison.</p><p>The lack of jail time greatly disappoints a conservation group.</p><p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 19:02:56 +0000 Tom Banse 4667 at http://www.kplu.org Grisly photo adds fuel to wolf hunt debate http://www.kplu.org/post/grisly-photo-adds-fuel-wolf-hunt-debate A photo of a trapped wolf in Idaho has splashed new fuel on the flames of the debate over wolves. Environmental groups say the image demonstrates what they see as the cruelty of wolf trapping in Idaho. But state and federal authorities say there was nothing illegal about the picture.<p>An anti-trapping group in Montana found the photo on a forum called Trapperman.com. In the background, you can see a wolf with one of its hind feet caught in a trap. The snow around the wolf has turned pink from blood. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 22:46:26 +0000 Jessica Robinson 4658 at http://www.kplu.org Grisly photo adds fuel to wolf hunt debate The art of trapping Idaho’s wolves http://www.kplu.org/post/art-trapping-idaho%E2%80%99s-wolves <p>Idaho is the first state outside of Alaska to regulate a trapping season for wolves. It came after the animal was removed from the Endangered Species List this spring. Trappers who are hoping to snare a gray wolf are required to take a mandatory class.</p><p>If anyone can tell you how challenging it is to trap a wolf, it&rsquo;s Rick Williamson.</p><p>Williamson is a carnivore biologist with Idaho&rsquo;s Department of Fish and Game. He recently retired from his position as a wolf management specialist with the federal government. He&rsquo;s is teaching a class of about 25 people how to set a foothold trap.</p><p> Sat, 26 Nov 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Emily Schwing 3261 at http://www.kplu.org The art of trapping Idaho’s wolves Environmental groups file to block wolf hunt http://www.kplu.org/post/environmental-groups-file-block-wolf-hunt <p>BOISE - Environmental groups filed a motion Monday to halt wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana.</p><p>Idaho based Friends of the Clearwater and two other groups filed an injunction in the 9th circuit court to immediately stop wolf hunts. The groups fear many wolves will be killed while they appeal a decision that upholds hunting.</p><p> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 00:30:51 +0000 Northwest News Network 2926 at http://www.kplu.org Environmental groups file to block wolf hunt Wolf advocates call for Idaho boycott http://www.kplu.org/post/wolf-advocates-call-idaho-boycott <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984170.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984170.mp3</a></p><p>BOISE, Idaho &ndash; As Idaho opened it&rsquo;s 2011 wolf hunt today, critics started voicing their concern across the country.</p><p>One group asked people at Central Park in New York City to call Idaho Governor Butch Otter and ask him to stop the hunt.</p> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 23:39:06 +0000 Aaron Kunz 2484 at http://www.kplu.org Wolf advocates call for Idaho boycott