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Wolf Killings
4:50 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Idaho Wolf Control Board Reports 31 Wolves Killed In 2014

Federal wildlife agents killed 31 wolves in Idaho in 2014.
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Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 2:47 pm

Thirty-one wolves were killed in the first six months of Idaho’s new Wolf Depredation Control Board.

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Wolves
5:04 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Oregon’s Wolves Reach Milestone Recovery Mark

Officials have confirmed 7 breeding pairs in Oregon compared to 5 pairs in Washington, and 11 pairs in Idaho.
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Wolves in the eastern third of Oregon have reached a key milestone in the state’s recovery program. Officials have confirmed seven breeding pairs. It’s the third year in a row a healthy number of pups have survived. Those two indicators of a recovering wolf population trigger phase two in the state's wolf reintroduction plan.

Oregon’s wolf program coordinator Russ Morgan spoke Wednesday on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s talk show, Think Out Loud.  Morgan said one of the big takeaways is that ranchers can now kill wolves that are chasing livestock on their properties.

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Wolf Population
5:13 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Idaho Biologists Count Fewer Wolves But More Breeding Pairs

State biologists can confirm at least 22 breeding pairs of wolves in Idaho.
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Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 6:28 pm

Idaho biologists say the number of wolves is likely declining, but their count of breeding pairs of wolves -- a key number used to measure the health of the state’s wolf population -- has actually gone up.

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Wolf Population,
8:17 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Estimates Show Wolf Pairs In Idaho Nearing Minimum Requirement

Idaho biologists estimates there are between 15 and 25 breeding pairs of wolves in the state.
Credit Denali National Park and Preserve

Idaho biologists say the state’s wolf population likely continued its decline in 2014 -- and that may be because few of them are breeding.

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Wolf Derby
5:46 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

BLM Reverses Decision To Permit Wolf And Coyote Hunting Derby

Gray wolf
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Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 5:28 pm

Federal land managers are rescinding a permit that would have allowed a competition to hunt wolves and coyotes in Idaho.

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Wolves
6:10 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Heavily Hunted Wolves Stressed Out And Mating More Frequently

A new study from Canada showed wolves in heavily hunted areas had higher levels of a stress hormone and higher reproductive hormones.
Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife / U.S. Fish & Wildlife

A new study out of Canada revealed a surprising side effect that hunting may have on wolves.

Researchers wanted to compare the hormone levels in wolves that often deal with hunters’ fire, versus wolves that are hunted very little. They were able to measure levels of progesterone, testosterone, and the stress hormone cortisol by looking at samples of wolf hair from different parts of northern Canada.

It turns out wolves in heavily hunted areas had higher levels of a stress hormone and higher reproductive hormones. So, they were stressed out and mating more frequently.

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Hunting Derby
6:14 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Report Finds Idaho Hunting Derby Has Minimal Environmental Impacts

Managers found any impacts from an Idaho hunting derby would be either non-existent or short-lived
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Federal land managers in Idaho project minimal environmental damage from allowing a predator hunting derby to take place in the north-eastern part of the state. That’s the finding of an environmental assessment released Wednesday. It’s part of a controversy that started last winter when hunters competed to kill wolves and coyotes during a two-day event.

The first predator derby attracted international attention, as well as online petitions, and even an undercover report in Vice magazine. Hunters competed for $1,000 prizes for the biggest wolf or most coyotes.

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Wolf Kill Ban
6:57 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Ketchum City Council Passes Resolution to Use Non-Lethal Tactics to Control Wolf Population

Ketchum, Idaho is asking the state to collaborate on a project that helps ranchers use alternative measures against wolves.
Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife

The resort town of Ketchum, Idaho is asking the state to back off on killing wolves. They say it’s bad for business. Last night, the Ketchum City Council passed a resolution urging wildlife managers to use non-lethal tactics to control the wolf population.


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alpha wolf killed
8:14 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Wolf Shot By State Was Alpha Female

Credit Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

The helicopter shooting of a wolf in northeastern Washington didn’t go as planned. A sharp shooter took out the livestock-killing pack’s alpha female. Officials worry that could lower the pack’s chances of survival.

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Wolf Pack Kill
9:02 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Washington Sharpshooter Accidentally Kills Breeding Female

Credit Serge Melki / Flickr

KING 5 reports that a federal contractor hired to kill wolves hunting Washington sheep has accidentally killed the pack's alpha breeding female.

The pack, known as the Huckleberry Pack, has been preying on sheep in northern Stevens County.

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