Wolf captured in Skagit County and collared

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.

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  1. MM June 26, 2017 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    First, a short syno[psis of the wolves killed illegally in some states with no present wolf populations:
    3 in Missouri since 2001
    2 shot in Iowa in 2014, 2 more in 2016.
    3 have been killed in Indiana.
    1 murdered in Nebraska
    “Several” shot in just one Illinois county. Another near Peoria.
    ! trapped and killed in South Dakota in 2006. One with a Yellwostone collar was killed on the Pine Ridge Rez in 2012. Another shot in custer County shot – DNA proved it was originally from MN’s population
    One killed in North Dakota.
    Of course the famous Utah traveling female, who had gone from WY to the Grand Canyon area, murdered upon beginning her return (obviously dispersing, young and looking for a mate).
    The “disappeared” California Shasta Pack and the poaching or sudden disappearance occurring in wolf-killing states, we must take for granted, so long as this monstrous and wasteful practice of “legal”hunting is allowed, and the pure poaching done in NM and AZ, result in far higher numbers.

    Now, I will not list reported sightings, as the internet has caused many overeager shooters to pass around the SAME photos, with claims of their having been taken in different states.
    The killing and sighting frenzy is largely one of dimwit braggarts. A second foray into discovering more about the immense money spent by the psychopathic hunters on sniper technology again recently for the sole purpose of murdering native animals for “pleasure”, has disgusted me to the point where I feel homicidal spite with every tap on this keyboard.
    But now for the only legal remedy:

    The “McKittrick Policy” – the refusal by the federal government to uphold the clearly stated provisions of the bipartisan passage of the Endangered Species Act has finally been brought to court and overruled.
    Here is a short synopsis of the US Arizona District Court finding last Thursday,:
    June 22, 2017
    Court Throws Out Feds’ Misguided Policy Limiting Prosecution of Killers of Endangered Wildlife
    Flawed ‘McKittrick’ Policy Ruled Unlawful
    Here’s the actual court order:

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