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More wolves were tallied in Wyoming, Idaho, eastern Oregon and eastern Washington. In Montana, wolf numbers dipped 12 percent, to 554 animals.
A provision passed last year by Congress further complicates this process: The government can’t use federal funds to fully list the sage grouse or invoke the full restrictive powers of the law. So Guerry became one of the strongest advocates for Rangeland Fire Protection Associations on Browns Bench. But that doesn’t necessarily mean this fire season will be bad, said Ed Delgado, NIFC head of predictive services.
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. …