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News and Opinion

By SAMANTHA WRIGHT, September 11, 2013 - Boise State Public Radio
Ever since wolves were re-introduced in Idaho in 1995, they’ve been in the spotlight. No matter where you stand on wolves, their re-introduction remains a story unto itself. Suzanne Stone remembers the day the first four wolves were released in Idaho. She was there. Stone, who's been an advocate of wolves for 25 years, told her story to Debbie Courson Smith inside the StoryCorps booth in Boise.
By EXPRESS STAFF, September 20, 2013 - Idaho Mountain Express
Most residents of California, Oregon and Washington believe wolves should continue to be protected under the Endangered Species Act, according to a new poll released by the nonprofit organization Defenders of Wildlife.
Guest Opinion by AMAROQ WEISS, September 15, 2013 - The Seattle Times
As Washington state lawmakers and wildlife managers fine-tune the state’s wolf conservation and management plan, they need only look to the nation’s capital for some tips on what not to do.
By MAUREEN HACKETT, September 8, 2013 - The StarTribune
The recent article, “Despite wins, Minnesota’s endangered species list up by 180” (Aug. 20, 2013) quotes the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) endangered species coordinator as stating, “We’ve got to learn how to manage species on a larger scale.”
By DOUG TOMPKINS and PETER METCALF, September 7, 2013 - The Salt Lake Tribune
Wildlands need their full complement of species to maintain their ecological integrity. Thus it has been heartening to see the gray wolf repopulate the rugged northern Rockies and expansive western Great Lakes in recent years.
by DAVID STALLING - featured in From the Wild Side, August 5, 2013
Not all hunters hate wolves.  Read on...
by PHIL TAYLOR - E&E Reporter, August 12, 2013
The Interior Department is putting the brakes on a scientific peer review of its proposal to remove Endangered Species Act protections for wolves after discovering it had improper knowledge of the scientists who would be participating in the review.
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Published: Saturday, July 23, 2011, 4:03 PM
by The Oregonian Editorial Board
New research adds insight to the debate in Oregon over wolves and cougars

by JOHN MILLER and MATTHEW BROWN - Associated Press, June 30, 2011 - The Idaho Statesman
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho wildlife managers will propose a wolf hunt without quotas in much of the state, but hunters so far have purchased only a fraction of the tags needed to kill the rangy predators, compared with the first hunt in 2009.
by KATY NESBITT, June 28, 2011 - The Observer
ENTERPRISE The Oregon Senate last week unanimously approved the Wolf Depredation Compensation Bill creating a compensation program that addresses wolf depredation of livestock.
by JEREMY PELZER, June 28, 2011 - Casper Star Tribune
CHEYENNE -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director nominee Daniel Ashe will visit Wyoming within the next month to reach a deal on delisting Wyoming wolves.

by ERIKA BOLSTAD, June 26, 2011 - The Idaho Statesman
Rep. Mike Simpson's success in getting wolves delisted in Idaho and Montana has put other animals in the cross hairs, but he says lawmakers shouldn't meddle with the process.

ASSOCIATED PRESS, June 24, 2011 - The Seattle Times
SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Legislature has passed a bill to pay ranchers for livestock lost to wolves.
by LAURA PETERSON of Greenwire, June 16, 2011 - in the New York Times
While the battle over Northern Rockies gray wolf management has been most visible in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, wolf issues are also heating up in the Pacific Northwest as Washington and Oregon strive to manage small but growing packs.
June 14, 2011 - The Idaho Statesman
Anti-wolf activist Anthony Mayer will spend 6 years on probation, must pay a $2,300 fine, must complete 100 hours of community service and cannot have a hunting and fishing license for 3 years for poaching an elk out of season in 2009.
June 14, 2011 - Cascade Business News
BEND, Ore. – Oregon State University - Cascades concludes its Science Pub series for the year with a presentation by one of the foremost wolf experts in the country.
by PERRY BACKUS, May 10, 2011 - Ravalli Republic
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Craig Jourdonnais spotted around 400 more elk in the Bitterroot Valley this spring than during the annual monitoring flight last year.
by KATHERINE WUTZ, May 5, 2011 - Idaho Mountain Express
Idaho wolves have officially been removed from federal protection, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reinstated the terms of the 2009 final rule that removed wolves from the Endangered Species Act.
EDITORIAL - The Idaho Statesman, April 5, 2011
On Friday, a day after Moore was promoted to director, Biology for Beginners was in session at the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Judy Boyle, the Midvale Republican and resident Statehouse Little Red Riding Hood, touted a bill to allow Idaho to declare a wolf disaster emergency.
by JOHN MILLER, Associated Press, April 5, 2011 - in The Idaho Statesman
The local Republican Rep. Judy Boyle did her part Tuesday, successfully sponsoring a disaster emergency declaration that cleared the Idaho House on a 64-5 vote. It would allow Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to enlist local law enforcement agents to help kill wolves if he decides they are a risk to humans, livestock, outfitting businesses or wildlife.
by THE OREGONIAN EDITORIAL BOARD, March 31, 2011 - The Oregonian
Five bills for 23 wolves, but just one needed change -- compensation for ranchers.
by ROB CHANEY, February 22, 2011 - The Missoulian
Should the gray wolf's legal status be governed by maps or mates?
At stake are Montana and Idaho's ability to have game wardens shoot wolves they suspect of killing too many elk in the Bitterroot Mountains along the state border.
PRESS RELEASE - February 14, 2011
Groups advertise $10,000 reward in hopes of catching wolf killer.
by DEREK GOLDMAN, Western Wolf Coalition
As you may have heard, state lawmakers in Helena last week overwhelmingly passed a resolution urging that the U.S. Congress remove endangered species protections for gray wolves. Congressional delisting of wildlife would set a bad precedent. If they throw the wolf off the Ark to satisfy special interests, you have to ask yourself, which species will be next?
by KATHERINE WUTZ, January 21, 2011 - Idaho Mountain Express
The future of the Wood River Wolf Project is up for debate, as the study wraps up its third year and the partners must decide whether to continue.
by NORMAN A. BISHOP, January 4, 2011 -  New West
A growing body of scientific research shows wolves are key to the ecosystems of the Northern Rockies.  Here's a condensed version compiled by a long-time wolf advocate.
by GAIL SCHONTZLER, December 5, 2010 - Bozeman Daily Chronicle
A top official at the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks has warned Montana State University's president that the agency may have to end all cooperation with the university after an MSU scientist's study challenged the state's proposed wolf hunt.
Guest Column by MARTY ESSEN, November 15, 2010 - The Missoulian
I grew up in northern Minnesota, spent summers on my grandparents' and uncles' farms, and eventually married the daughter of a Minnesota farmer. In addition, my grandfather, uncles and father-in-law were all hunters.
by TIM LYDON, November 30, 2010 - High Country News
I paddle to a favorite meadow with my friend, Solan. It's late summer in southeast Alaska, when the tall grasses are turning yellow and the mountaintops are lost in clouds. Coming ashore, we step over dead salmon dragged from the stream by bears.

Walking toward the stream, I talk about the time I watched a wolf fishing here, knee-deep in the estuary. But Solan stops me. "I just saw a wolf," he says, pointing a hundred yards ahead. "It ran into the tall grass."

by VIC VAN BALLENBERGHE, November 10, 2010 - Anchorage Daily News
Rather than an aggressive wolf-killing program, we should teach people how to behave near wolves. As with any large wild animal, people should be cautious when near wolves and should know some basic rules.

by JAMI WRIGHT, October 26, 2010 - Izilwane.org
Gray wolves have long been the focus of a contentious battle in the Rocky Mountain West, where wolf populations were decimated due to habitat degradation and aggressive extermination tactics.
By BEN LAMB, September 9, 2010 - Montana Public Radio (mtpr.net)
September 24, 2010 - Field and Stream
It’s been over a month since Judge Molloy put wolves back on the Endangered Species List. This really didn’t surprise most folks. Sure, many were disappointed, but if you’d paid much attention to the issue, you knew it was coming.

by BRODIE FARQUHAR, September 10, 2010 - New West
In the Great Lakes, where there are more wolves, the animal's not the lightning rod it is here.
Blame the media and blame relocation.  But should we also blame ourselves?
By BRETT FRENCH, The Billings Gazette
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation releases 2010 forecasts for elk
by TERRI ADAMS, The Prairie Star
There's an uproar over wolves carrying the disease, but they're not the only ones
Federal Agency, wolf protest participants at odds over 'facts.'
by CORY HATCH, Jackson Hole News & Guide
The downed prey of wolves found to create hotspots of forest fertility.
by JEREMY HANCE, Mongabay.com
It is useful to be reminded that the wolf plays a useful and legitimate role on the landscape.
by GREG TOLLEFSON, Missoulian.
Remove the wolf...everything changes, top to bottom, right down to the dirt.
by MICHAEL JAMISON, Missoulian
Have wolves eaten all the elk in idaho?  Not even close, according to Idaho Fish & Game
by JACK BALLARD, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Learn about an experimental program to keep wolves away from sheep using non-lethal methods.
by ADAM COTTRELL, Boise State Radio
Idaho will start selling tags next Monday for its first-ever public wolf hunt...
by BETSY Z. RUSSELL, The Spokesman-Review
The Yellowstone Association offers a wonderful selection of field courses in Lamar.
By BETH PRATT, Yellowstone Eco-Travel Examiner

Conservation groups to challenge the removal of federal protections
By J. HARBINE, S.A. STONE, L. WILLCOX, M. STEIN, and M. ROBINSON

Interior Secretary Salazar upholding decision to delist wolves in Idaho/ Montana, but not Wyoming
by MATTHEW BROWN and JOHN FLESHER, Associated Press writers in the Idaho Statesman
Idaho Fish & Game corrects previous story about elk numbers in Idaho
by ED MITCHELL, Idaho Fish & Game Department
Carey-based sheep outfit recognized for grazing practices
by JASON KAUFFMAN, Idaho Mountain Express

The ecological benefits of having top carnivores in our wild places
By TODD PALMER, PH.D., AND ROB PRINGLE, PH.D.

Phantom Hill wolf pack shows themselves near Ketchum, Idaho
by JASON KAUFFMAN, Idaho Mountain Express Staff Writer

Predators vulnerable to hunters
EDITORIAL IN THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
1,645 wolves were counted in the Northern Rockies last year, but the population is no longer expanding as rapidly
By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press writer
Wyoming's wolf population declined from 359 animals in 2007 to 302 animals last year.
By CORY HATCH, Jackson Hole News & Guide
New administration to make its own decisions on hasty actions
by RODDY SCHEER, E/The Environmental Magazine
Hope that new administration puts a halt on delisting plan
by CHRIS MERRILL, Casper Star-Tribune
Controversy reignites as wolves thrive once again
by FRANK CLIFFORD, Smithsonian Magazine
by MIKE LEAHY, Billings Gazette
A state biologist reports the predators are spreading but without conflict
by MICHAEL MILSTEIN, the Oregonian
Ranchers ill-advising state on wolf plans
by STAR-TRIBUNE EDITORIAL BOARD, Casper Star-Tribune
No longer few and far between, antelope flourish in Wyoming
by WALT GASSON, High Country News
Wolf-wolf killings and disease mean crash for Yellowstone wolf population
by CHRIS MERRELL, Casper Star-Tribune
Rapidly growing pastime fuels wildlife-associated recreation revenues
by WES SMALLING, Casper Star-Tribune
by DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE
Population numbers appear to have leveled off, or even dropped
by JASON KAUFFMAN, Idaho Mountain Express
Montana reports record numbers
by MICHAEL JAMISON, Missoulian
Salmon taste better and are easier to catch
BBC News
Bringing stakeholders to the table and developing an acceptable plan
by BILL SCHNEIDER, Flathead Beacon
Neighboring valleys experiencing vastly different numbers in wolf predation of cattle and sheep
by JASON KAUFFMAN, Idaho Mountain Express
Creating a plan based on solid science takes time
by SUZANNE ASHA STONE, Idaho Statesman
Wolf depredation blamed in Wood River Valley sheep death
by DELLA SENTILLES, Idaho Moutnain Express
Lava Lake Land and Livestock uses non-lethal measures to protect herds
by JASON KAUFFMAN, Idaho Mountain Express
Let states ultimately manage wolves in responsible and sustainable manner
by FRANZ CAMENZIND and MELANIE STEIN, Casper Star-Tribune
Conservation Northwest camera captures first known images of pups in the "Lookout Pack"
by JASMINE MINBASHIAN, Conservation Northwest
The struggle over wolves in Idaho has become a fierce battle
by KRIS MILLGATE, Post Register
Diverse group says collaboration could be a model for other wolf-occupied areas
by JASON KAUFFMAN, Idaho Mountain Express
Delisting in Idaho approves hunting of over 400 wolves
by JASON KAUFFMAN, Idaho Mountain Express
Wyoming population grows to 99,867 animals, 17 percent above objectives
by ANGUS M. THUERMER JR., Jackson Hole News & Guide
Federal Sawtooth NF progam could serve as model for other wolf-occupied ranching areas
by JASON KAUFFMAN, Idaho Mountain Express
Patience is vital in Idaho wolf debate
by Idaho Mountain Express
Wolf suspected of elk hunting shot near state Highway 75
by JASON KAUFFMAN, Idaho Mountain Express
The Wood River Valley just got a little bit wilder
by JASON KAUFFMAN, Idaho Mountain Express
Very little evidence that wolf presence is causing decline in elk herds
by STEVE BENSON, Idaho Mountain Express
Study shows wolves being killed as a corrective, punitive measure, not preventive one.
by ScienceDaily

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