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They’re an animal.” Along with its predator statement, the Douglas County council made its preliminary 2015 deer season recommendations. But he cautioned hunters not to expect trophy bucks. Agreement with the Douglas County Deer Advisory Council’s plan was second with 37 responses.
How many of those are in Washington is simply not known. The answer is no. “Ecosystems are the same way. Once the perceived threat is over, the “attack” typically ends. “Actually, large carnivores make pretty good neighbors.
Those types of partnerships are a good way to get things done,” Fleming said. “And we’re doing what we can out on the landscape.
Two of the bills he and Short sponsored got unanimous votes by the House on Tuesday. Four new packs were also discovered. The agency says at least 68 gray wolves now roam the state. There are 16 wolf packs and at least five successful breeding pairs. The number of confirmed wolves in North Central Washington actually dropped slightly, from 13 to 11.
…predation are responsible for the Lolo’s declining elk herds. The Lolo elk population has dropped from 16,000 elk in 1989 to roughly 2,100 elk in 2010, and possibly fewer than 1,000 this year. State studies indicate that wolves have become the primary predator affecting calf and cow elk survival in the Lolo. In addition to the 19 wolves killed by government agents, another 11 wolves were taken by hunters and trappers in the Lolo zone during the 2014-2015 harvest season. …
“Wolves in Michigan and the other western Great Lakes states are fully recovered from endangered species status, which is a great success story,” said DNR Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason. “Continuing to use the Endangered Species Act to protect a recovered species not only undermines the integrity of the Act, it leaves farmers and others with no immediate recourse when their animals are being attacked and killed by wolves.”
Interior Department plans to decide whether to list the greater sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act by Sept. 30, but whatever the decision the agency won’t write a rule implementing it, Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday.Congress approved language as part of a broad fiscal 2015 spending package (PL 113-235) that prevents the department from spending money to write a proposed rule if the Fish and Wildlife Service decides to designate the bird as threatened or endangered. Jewell…
Sen. Lori Den Hartog, R-Meridian, said, “With all our industries, I think we need to be looking at ways to reduce regulation in a meaningful way.” But, she said, “That means balancing the needs of our industries with the other benefits that we have in our state, like our wildlife. I think those are important things to weigh, and I don’t think any of us take that lightly.
At last count, in early 2014, there were 64 wolves in Oregon. Gray wolves are listed under the state’s Endangered Species Act.