Wolf captured in Skagit County and collared

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Conservation efforts, and management actions. June 16, 2017 Wolf captured in Skagit County; confirmed wolf depredation by Sherman Wolf Pack Wolf captured and collared in Skagit County On June 8, state and federal wildlife biologists captured an adult male gray wolf in eastern Skagit County. They took genetic samples from the animal and fitted it with a GPS tracking collar before releasing it onsite. This is the first gray wolf captured and collared in western Washington in modern times.

The animal was captured by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), with support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), during an investigation of wolf activity in eastern Skagit County. Under federal law, USFWS has primary management responsibility in areas of the state – including western Washington – where wolves are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

On May 17, USFWS received a report from a resident of eastern Skagit County that one or more wolves had preyed on his chickens early that morning. He sent photos of two suspected wolves to a federal wolf biologist, noting that he had heard howling and observed tracks in the area during the winter. At USFWS’s request, WDFW dispatched an area wildlife conflict specialist to investigate the situation later that day. The conflict specialist talked to the landowner, examined the scene of the incident, and concluded it was a probable depredation by one or more wolves.

On May 18, wolf biologists from USFWS and WDFW arrived at the property to deploy traps and trail cameras. While there, they saw what appeared to be a wolf in the distance. Three weeks later, they captured an adult male wolf in a trap. Samples were taken from the animal and sent to the USFWS Forensic Laboratory in Ashland, Ore. Wildlife managers are monitoring GPS signals from the collared animal to track its movements. That animal is the strongest indication of wolves moving into the western region since 2015, when a female wolf was found dead – struck by a vehicle – on Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass. The discovery of wolves west of the Cascade Range is significant for state and federal management of the species.

The state’s wolf recovery plan establishes a goal of maintaining 15 successful breeding pairs for at least three years before the species can be removed from the state’s endangered species list. At least four breeding pairs must be in eastern Washington, four in the Northern Cascades, four in the Southern Cascades and Northwest Coast, and three anywhere in the state. Last year there were eight breeding pairs in the eastern region and two in the Northern Cascades and none in the Southern Cascades. Additional breeding pairs west of the Cascade Range will help bring the state closer to its recovery goal.

Washington Slaughtered 11 of State’s 90 Endangered Gray Wolves 

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Join Protect The Wolves™ Pack today to help be the voice that is working hard to stop actions like this 365 days a year. The Wildlife do not get a Day off… Neither do we!

The 11 wolves, known as the Profanity Peak pack, made up about one-eighth of the gray wolves believed to be roaming the state. Diamond M Ranch is now responsible for costing taxpayers approximately a Quarter of a Million dollars… yes that is $250,000 for the slaughter of 2 packs. Video documented salt blocks near the Profanity Peak Rendezvous Den location., where the salt blocks attracted cattle for more than a Month. Washington State Rep… also a Cattle Rancher Joel Kretz issued demands on WSU to publicly deny statements made by Dr. Robert Wielgus, which at the demands of special Interest cattle Ranchers they did just that. Now almost a year later the truth is finally out with the Video Footage. McIvrin needs to loose his grazing allotment.

Now with a letter by another Rancher also an elected official Donald Dashiell, Washington States Donny Martorello has allowed special interest groups to speed up the slaughter of more wildlife. Martorello needs to be removed from his Job and get an individual in their that takes his mandates under the Public Trust Seriously…. That would also require the removal of James Unsworth, Martorellos supervisor. How long will we the public stand for the mismanagement of our resources? You can help make a Difference by Joining Protect The WOlves™ Pack today….

Source: Washington to Kill 11 of State’s 90 Endangered Gray Wolves for Preying on Cows – NBC News

Tribal Group Petitions For Wolf Protection Zone | Wyoming Public Media

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A national tribal conservation group is proposing that Wyoming create a 31-mile “sacred resources protection zone” around Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks where wolves can’t be hunted.

The group, Protect the Wolves, has reached out to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho in Wyoming for support. Both tribes told Wyoming Public Radio that they are still evaluating the proposal.

Northern Arapaho member Sergio Maldonado is facilitating the discussion. He said the wolf is an important species to his tribe and that the federal government is mandated to consult tribes about such species.

“I’m hopeful that the Game and Fish at a national and Wyoming level are going to be mindful that as a sovereign tribe we too have a right to discuss any type of management plan that is going to be put forth to the benefit or the detriment of the wolf.”

Protect the Wolves President Patricia Herman said some hunters use lures to entice them out of the park and her group would like to see such lures banned as well.

“[Wolves] don’t understand man’s lines,” Herman said. “All they know is that they’re in search of food. And because now they’re now being lured out of the park, it’s made it even worse.”

Executive Director Erik Molvar of the conservation group Western Watersheds said they support the idea of the sacred resources protection zone.

“If you’re going to have these wolves which together with grizzly bears are probably one of the two most impressive species and the most sought after species for people that go to Yellowstone with their tens of millions of dollars spent per year in the Wyoming economy, then you’re going to shoot them as soon as they walk out of the park, then those animals are no longer going to hang out where they can see humans anymore,” said Molvar.

Protect the Wolves’ spokesman Roger Dobson said the group has also proposed the wolf protection zone in Idaho and Montana but none of the three state wildlife agencies have set up meetings to discuss the idea.

But Wyoming Game and Fish Department spokesman Renny McKay said they welcome input from groups like this one or from anyone during its public comment period on wolf management that ends June 19.

Source: Tribal Group Petitions For Wolf Protection Zone | Wyoming Public Media

These false estimates “have obscured the magnitude of poaching as the major threat to endangered wolf populations.

Wolf Poaching is not something happening

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Three sentence summary: Poaching is not something happening only in distant regions, it is the most common cause of wolf mortality in every population where it has been measured accurately. During the period U.S. wolves were listed under the ESA, the relative importance of poaching was systematically and substantially under-estimated while the relative importance of legal causes of mortality was systematically over-estimated. We correct the algebraic errors and errors of inference that led to these biased estimates.

Last year, Treves and others notified experts on Northern Rocky Mountain wolves that the assumption was flawed and in the ensuing year, the current team of authors investigated red wolves and Mexican wolves to confirm the same phenomenon applied. We now believe our finding applies to all studies of marked animals in which a perfectly reported cause of death occurs alongside imperfectly reported ones. Moreover, for populations with cryptic poaching – in which poachers conceal evidence – the biasing effect of the false assumption will be amplified.

Why does the article state that one error is a mathematical fact? Isn’t this a dispute over interpretation of data? We identified an error that is simply algebraic and an error of estimation that are separate issues. The algebraic mismeasurement is the over-estimation of the risk of legal killing. This should always be calculated as a proportion of all dead animals, not as a proportion of known fates because known fates over-represent legal causes of death by a known amount (Figures 1a,b below). We also identified an error of inference about the other causes of death. After one corrects the calculation of risk of legal causes of death as above, then one has to confront what might have happened to the unknown fates.

These unknown fates have been ignored traditionally, which discards useful information. We therefore presented a method to estimate what happened to those unknown fates. In the case of marked wolves, we show that poaching in particular has been under-estimated because cryptic poaching has not been accounted for properly. We presented two methods to account for cryptic poaching and one method that ignores cryptic poaching

 

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