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Unread 03-30-2012, 08:16 PM
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Unread 04-04-2012, 07:39 PM
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Your program,probably like MT. We had about double the target number,before we had a chance at management. THEN had a season,then NOT. Within those 3 years I logged about 180 days out,plus 15 dedicated to wolf at end of general,I saw 1 wolf,glimpse. And 100's of tracks, I have taken close to 20 species of game, and with our timber,wolfs are hard to catch up to. I was just talking to Rocky Jackobson at a outdoor show, and at a drainage this fall it had 200 elk,now 1/2. A pack of 50 wolfs are there, he showed a video calling in 12. He ask F&G TO USE FORCE,no luck.He thinks elk hunting will pretty much be wiped out in 4-5 years. He has spent whole life,hunting and filming.
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Unread 05-22-2012, 01:04 AM
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Introduce??????? Well Rumor may have it, that a wolf trapped in Idaho this past year had a WA state tag / collar on it!!!!!!! How about that! They already started it ! Okanagan county has some also, from reliable hunters that are good friends of mine.
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Unread 05-23-2012, 08:21 PM
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A buddy of mine worked for f&g as a salmon researcher out of ellensburg spent all day on the rivers and creeks tagging fish, he said he ran across a number of tracks that were way too big for yote and too far out to be a dog. We hunt the st helens area and found tracks in a few drainages that again were very large as well.
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Unread 05-23-2012, 09:23 PM
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I've heard of wolves around St. Helens and Adams from hunters who spend time in that area.

Did you guys see this from the WDFW today:

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

May 23, 2012
Contact: Steve Pozzanghera, (509) 892-7852

Wildlife managers treat dead calf
as 'probable' case of wolf predation

OLYMPIA - State and federal wildlife managers have determined that wolves likely caused injuries that resulted in the death of a calf on a Methow Valley ranch May 18 and that the landowner would qualify for compensation.

The landowner would be the first in the state to qualify for compensation under criteria established by the state's Wolf Conservation and Management Plan adopted late last year.

Steve Pozzanghera, a regional director for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said it was not possible to say for certain that wolves caused the injuries that resulted in the death of the calf, although evidence at the scene supports that conclusion.

"The calf was mostly consumed by the time the department was called in," Pozzanghera said. "But photos of the carcass taken earlier by the rancher as well as tracks located in the area were definitely consistent with wolves."

Pozzanghera also noted that the 3,000-acre ranch near Carlton is in an area traditionally used by the Lookout wolf pack, and that remote, motion-triggered cameras had photographed two wolves on nearby National Forest land in recent weeks.

The Lookout pack is one of five wolf packs confirmed by WDFW in the state. The department is currently working to confirm other wolf packs.

Officials from WDFW met May 22 with those from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the USDA's Wildlife Services Program to examine the evidence and develop a response to the loss of the calf. All three agencies are involved, because wolves in the western two-thirds of the state are protected as an endangered species under both state and federal law.

The primary goal of the state's new wolf management plan is to protect gray wolves as they reestablish themselves in Washington, but it also includes provisions to compensate ranchers who lose livestock to wolf predation, Pozzanghera said.

Under the new management plan, ranchers can be compensated up to $1,500 per cow for wolf predation classified as "probable." The plan also allows ranchers to be paid up to twice that amount for lost livestock that are "confirmed" to have been killed by wolves on ranches over 100 acres.

In all cases, Pozzanghera urges ranchers who believe they have lost livestock to predation to contact WDFW immediately at 1-877- 933-9847.

"The sooner we can investigate the situation, the better our chances are of determining whether the incident is a wolf kill and whether compensation is warranted," he said. "We also ask that landowners protect the site from disturbances and keep scavengers away by covering the carcass with a tarp."

WDFW currently has $80,000 available to help livestock operators prevent conflicts with wolves and compensate ranchers who lose livestock to predation by wolves. Of that funding, $50,000 was provided by the state Legislature, $15,000 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and $15,000 from the non-profit organization Defenders of Wildlife.

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Unread 05-23-2012, 10:42 PM
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As I think about it, I wonder if this has anything to do with not being able to hunt coyotes in the helens/Adams area.....
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Unread 06-05-2012, 06:30 PM
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does anyone have any source based statistics (ie web adressess to publications) showing a correlation between game populations and wolf reintroduction? Montana FWP seems to elude that it can go both directions...but of course they want to pacify any controversy since they are accountable for the decisions which affect their biggest supporters...hunters. it would be interesting to see some prey animals behavior if the packs get larger....we may see deer / elk dropping to lower elevations where there is more tree cover....of particular concern to those of us who like to get up away from the other humans who prefer the same...thanks for the info jmden

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