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Old 02-15-2013, 03:49 PM
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Washington wolf pop. nearly doubled last year, WDFW states:

Why is this not surprising to anyone who has even a small understanding of what wolves are and do...


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

February 15, 2013
Contact: Donny Martorello, 360-902-2521
Nate Pamplin, (360) 902-2693

State's wolf population nearly doubled last year,
according to annual survey

OLYMPIA - The number of confirmed gray wolves and wolf packs in the state nearly doubled during the past year, according to an annual survey released today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Based on field reports and aerial monitoring, the 2012 survey confirms the presence of at least 51 wolves in nine wolf packs with a total of five successful breeding pairs. The previous year's survey documented 27 wolves, five wolf packs and three breeding pairs.

A wolf pack is defined as two or more wolves traveling together. A successful breeding pair is defined as an adult male and female with at least two pups that survive until the end of the calendar year.

"The survey shows that our state's wolf population is growing quickly," said Nate Pamplin, WDFW wildlife program director. "That growth appears to be the result of both natural reproduction and the continuing in-migration of wolves from Canada and neighboring states."

Pamplin said the actual number of wolves in Washington state is likely much higher than the number confirmed by the survey, noting that field biologists currently suspect the existence of two additional packs. In addition, lone wolves often go uncounted and those that range into Washington but den in other states are not included in WDFW's survey, he said.

Considering those factors, and applying an estimate of the average pack size in other western states, there could easily be as many as 100 wolves in Washington, Pamplin said.

"The survey is the baseline we use to monitor wolves' progress toward recovery," he said. "While we've stepped up our monitoring efforts significantly over the past year, we recognize that it does not account for every wolf within our state's borders."

One of the nine packs represented in the survey is the Wedge pack, which now has two confirmed members in northeastern Washington. Last summer, WDFW eliminated seven members of the pack to end a series of attacks on an area rancher's cattle that left six calves dead and 10 other animals injured.

Pamplin said wildlife biologists do not know whether the two wolves living near the Canadian border in Stevens County are members of the original Wedge pack or whether they are new arrivals from inside or outside the state.

"Either way, we were confident that wolves would repopulate that area," he said. "We really hope to prevent the kind of situation we faced with the Wedge pack last summer by working with ranchers to use non-lethal methods to protect their livestock."

The gray wolf is currently listed by the state as an endangered species throughout Washington and is federally listed as endangered in the western two-thirds of the state. Once common, wolves were essentially eliminated in most western states during the past century because they preyed on livestock.

Under the state's Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, wolves can be removed from the state's endangered species list once 15 successful breeding pairs are documented for three consecutive years among three designated wolf-recovery regions. Four pairs are required in Eastern Washington, four pairs in the North Cascades, four pairs in South Cascades/Northwest Coast and three pairs in any recovery region.

More information on the state's wolf packs and the 2012 survey is available at Washington Wolf Packs | Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife .

Reports of possible wolf sightings can be made to WDFW's wildlife reporting line by calling (877) 933-9847.

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Old 03-06-2013, 12:31 AM
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Re: Washington wolf pop. nearly doubled last year, WDFW states:

Go figure each female maybe 6 pups to the litter.....hey I am a rocket scientist!
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:12 AM
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Re: Washington wolf pop. nearly doubled last year, WDFW states:

Thanks for posting jmden. I saw this a couple of days ago, but tracks seen in one of our hunting areas has had me too close to boiling over. Lots of great moose in there, decades in the transport and making of strong herd, we'll see if they last until until 15 breeding pairs are identified. If a female has pups what do they think happened? Could be at least a hundred? We could use a rocket scientist for sure alaska.
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:52 AM
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Shoot shovel and Shutup

I suggest

Shoot shovel Shutup

And here in Alaska and a nice wolf rug for the wall.
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:10 AM
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Re: Washington wolf pop. nearly doubled last year, WDFW states:

Guys we shoot coyotes on site 24 / 7 here. I have killed up to 3 a day. Most years I probably shoot 15 to 20. As does most ranchers in the area. Weekends you see the hunters from the cities come out here to shoot them too. The Gov. trapper flies shooting dozens from a helicopter. These combine efforts can't even make a dent in the population.

Wolves are harder to kill, they are smarter and stay hidden better and use pack strategy to guard them from getting shot. Lets say the average pack of wolves is 5. Two or three of which are females. Each female has 6 pups and 5 live. That pack goes from 5 to 15 or 20 in one year. The pups will reproduce in 12 to 18 months. the second year that pack of 15 or more , now we have 8 females and 6 males, the 3rd year lets say the females only raise 4 pups ea., now the pack of 5 in 3 years is 46 total. We simply can't kill enough even if we were allowed to shoot them 24 / 7 like the we do yotes.

But every one is a plus so I will do what I can.

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Old 03-06-2013, 10:44 AM
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Re: Washington wolf pop. nearly doubled last year, WDFW states:

Shooting a wolf is more of a social statement than a factor in controlling their numbers. Its been proven at all points of the globe, poison and aerial gunning where possible are the only effective means of keeping them in check. Shooting them may be the ultimate challenge, and I applaud anyone thats achieved it, through dogged determination, or flat ass luck. I've been fortunate to see a half dozen over the years, and I've ate almost that many tags.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:53 AM
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Re: Washington wolf pop. nearly doubled last year, WDFW states:

Harpec hit the nail on the head. Gun Hunting has little to NO effect on Wolf Populations. 10/80 was the only way that Wolves were controlled and eventually removed from the landscape. One of the arguements used to bring the wolf back was to control the Bison populations in Yellowstone. As we can see from the News just this week that was total BS just like all the rest of the lies they used. The Wolves just like any wild predator will always chose the less dangerous game to prey on. In many areas entire local populations of Elk are extinct now. If I was in a State where Wolves were just getting started I would fight to have the Legislature keep the Feds from any reintroduction measures. Requiring a 50 year Environmental Impact Study is required to cut firewood but its OK to turn loose a wolf. With many Western States again the Feds right now over gun control. Its a good time to have States fight the Feds over the Endangered Species Act. States supposably own the Wildlife within its borders. There is lots of info on what Wolves have done to our game populations. Our State was complicit with the Feds on Wolf Reintroduction to receive just a few extra jobs and study money. I hope other States saw what happened here and fight any more of this. Also check the so called great Wildlife/Hunting non-profits that are always chasing your $. Many work so close with the State F and G that they were silent for the first 5-6 years after the wolves were released. Our game animal populations were already critically low before they finally put out a public statement against Wolves. To Little to Late to ever get another dollar from me. Darn its easy to get into a long rant on this subject... dgarrett
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