Will we see anyone come forward after reward for poached wolves doubles?

We would all love to see someone come forward after seeing the reward at 20,000 now for information regarding the two wolves recently poached in Washington state. But will someone actually come forward? Has this worked in the past?  Wildlife Enforcement Captain Dan Rahn with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said convictions in cases like this rarely happen. These wolves were being monitored by WDFW and we were told one was collared but it stopped working.  Really? When did it stop working? I don’t see anything in the reports. If fact, there is not much being reported nor do we see recent updates about our wolves. Take a look at the WDFW website and you will find very little that is up to date. For example, look at the survey for wolves in Washington. It’s from 2015 so I guess we only have 8 members in the Smackout pack.  http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/gray_wolf/packs/annual_survey

The first poached wolf was found dead on November 12 near Colville in Stevens County, Washington. The second was found after the signal from her radio-collar stopped working. Biologists found her dead in Ferry County, south of Republic December 5. Both so happened to be female and one was from the Smackout  pack. The other was from the Dirtyshirt pack. According to the latest survey provided to the public, there are only 8 members in the Dirtyshirt pack. Isn’t interesting that one was poached in Colville? The other in Ferry County? Maybe it was bloodthirsty trophy hunters. Then why were the bodies of these beautiful wolves just left there? We don’t know who did it and all are welcome to come to their own conclusions. It is not out of the question to remember who hates wolves so much that they have demanded entire packs be killed. We have already seen entire packs wiped out! Who lets their cows wander all over our public lands on rugged terrain? Where is the list of deterrents being used by livestock producers in these areas? We know that one or two range riders is just not cutting it. We applaud and respect the few ranchers that are responsible, ethical and smart about the way they run their businesses. Do the rest of them really want the rest of the world to despise all of them? To see the beef industry in particular, detestable and repugnant? If they don’t want the public thinking the absolute worst in them then it’s time to change a few things. We don’t ask for much and it’s time that WDFW stop allowing them to run the show. It has been extremely unfair and the Wolf Advisory Group has done nothing except make sure that we end up with more dead wolves. It is time for a serious change! Why are we paying people we have entrusted our wildlife with and where is the transparency? Wildlife managers need to manage our wildlife in the best interest of the public and most importantly, our wildlife.

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Idaho fighting order to destroy wilderness wolf, elk data 

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BOISE, Idaho — Idaho officials are challenging a federal court order to destroy information collected from tracking collars placed on elk and wolves obtained illegally by landing a helicopter in a central Idaho wilderness area.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore on Tuesday requested a stay of the judgment in U.S. District Court in Idaho pending the agency’s appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled in January the U.S. Forest Service broke environmental laws nearly two years ago by authorizing Idaho Fish and Game to put collars on about 60 elk by landing helicopters in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, where engines are prohibited.

Idaho also collared four wolves in an action the Forest Service didn’t authorize. Fish and Game blamed miscommunication with a helicopter crew.

Winmill wrote that it was such an extreme case “the only remedy that will directly address the ongoing harm is an order requiring destruction of the data.”

Specifically, Fish and Game is seeking to stay the court’s order to destroy data and to stay the court’s prohibiting the agency as well as the Forest Service from using that data.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game “agrees that as a condition of such stay, IDFG would not use any live radio collar placed during the January 2016 helicopter project in the Frank Church Wilderness to locate wolves for lethal removal,” the document states.

Source: Idaho fighting order to destroy wilderness wolf, elk data – The Washington Post

New Oregon wolf management plan, which governs killing, delayed after concerns expressed 

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Oregon’s long-awaited update to how the state manages its still-rebounding wolf population will have to wait until February at the earliest.

Fish and Wildlife commissioners decided Friday to push back a scheduled January vote on the five-year governing document for the canid, the first comprehensive update to the wolf plan since 2010.

It wasn’t immediately clear if commissioners would vote on a plan in February, as the agenda already includes an update on the threatened marbled murrelet seabird population.

Wolves were removed from the state’s endangered species list in 2015. The management plan sets rules for how and when wolves can be killed, a hot topic for ranchers in eastern Oregon as the animals continue to rebound after being hunted to near extinction in the 1940s.

Friday’s delay came after more than an hour of testimony from invited panels of environmental groups and hunters and ranchers — where both sides of the bitter fight expressed various concern about the proposed plan.

Environmental groups argued that the plan included inconsistencies about how many confirmed attacks on livestock are needed before an animal can be killed, and opened the door to authorized hunting through a newly created “special permit agent” process where private citizens could carry out approved wolf kills.

Source: New Oregon wolf management plan, which governs killing, delayed after concerns expressed | OregonLive.com

Two wolves Poached in Eastern Washington

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Two wolves in Eastern Washington were killed in November, likely the victims of poaching.

The wolves were both females. At least one was killed in Stevens County.

According to state officials, the wolves were collared by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The collar on one of them had stopped working and wildlife officers checked the last known coordinate. They found the wolf shot dead.

The wolves are members of the Smackout and Dirty Shirt packs.

WDFW currently has no leads for suspects.

Source: king5.com | Two wolves shot dead in Eastern Washington

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