5:11 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Study Shows Cows Gain Less Weight After Wolf Predation

A study from the University of Montana shows that when wolves attack cattle, it can cause calves to gain less weight.

Report co-author Derek Kellenberg says his team found that when wolves were simply in the area, there was no change in cattle weight, but that on ranches where there was a kill, the cows weighed less.

Kellenberg says skinnier cows are worth less, so ranchers can lose thousands of dollars.

But he says wolf predation was not the biggest factor affecting weight.

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6:28 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Study: Elk pregnancies unaffected by wolf presence

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A study by the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit shows that elk are not especially stressed out by the presence of wolves.

Pregnancy rates among migratory elk herds near Yellowstone have declined, and one theory was that wolves were harassing the elk – causing them to run and hide, and depriving them of grazing opportunities.

Arthur Middleton, the lead author on the report, says elk did move around somewhat to get away from wolves, but only when the wolves were within one kilometer away. And he says wolves only rarely came that close.

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3:59 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Wolf trapping raises concerns about trapping the wrong animals

Dave Pauli runs a workshop to teach dog owners how to keep their pets out of traps
Credit Rebecca Huntington

Since wolves have been taken off the Endangered Species List in Wyoming, they can now be hunted in many parts of the state … and they can also be trapped in areas where they're classified as predators. Rebecca Huntington reports that that's raising concerns that unintended animals could end up in the traps.

DAVE PAULI: So this is the way the device sits, and when an animal, again it could be at any height, when an animal goes in there…

[SNAP of trap]

AUDIENCE: Oh god....

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3:53 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Study shows elk decline linked to drought and predators

A study by the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit shows that elk migrating to and from Yellowstone are raising fewer calves than in the past.

Report co-author Arthur Middleton says hot, dry weather has limited the amount of forage available, so fewer elk have been getting pregnant. Plus, he says wolves and bears are rebounding and killing more elk calves.

He says in contrast, non-migratory elk outside the park are doing well, because land is irrigated, and predators are scarce.

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6:54 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Wolf plan draws interest in Jackson

A Jackson meeting last night drew 70 people, who showed up to comment on the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's latest plan to manage wolves.

It was the biggest turnout so far for eight meetings being held across the state to take comment on plans to cut wolf-hunting quotas. Rancher Glenn Taylor echoed the feelings of many ranchers and hunters in the room.   

"My message is, we need to manage the wolves.

Game and Fish is on the right track. Quota is not enough, but management is the key," said Taylor.

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5:33 am
Thu May 16, 2013

National Parks Service Petitioned to Prohibit Wolf Hunting on its Wyoming lands

It’s been eight months since gray wolves were removed from the endangered species list, but some are concerned that the Park Service has not taken necessary action to close a perceived loophole in legal protections for the animals within national park lands. 

Specifically, they mean the potential hunting of gray wolves along the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, which connects Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

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6:33 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Disagreement over adequate wolf numbers continues

Although Wyoming Game and Fish says that the state has a healthy population of wolves, some groups believe the numbers are still far below where they should be.

Spokesman for the Game and Fish, Eric Keszler says that the minimum number of wolves needed to maintain a healthy population is 150, and the minimum number of breeding pairs is 15.  At the end of December, there were about 21 breeding pairs in Wyoming.

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6:33 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Disagreement over adequate wolf numbers continues

Although Wyoming Game and Fish says that the state has a healthy population of wolves, some groups believe the numbers are still far below where they should be.

Spokesman for the Game and Fish, Eric Keszler says that the minimum number of wolves needed to maintain a healthy population is 150, and the minimum number of breeding pairs is 15.  At the end of December, there were about 21 breeding pairs in Wyoming.

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5:47 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

More groups join the wolf lawsuit

The National Rifle Association and Safari Club International are blaming wolves for bringing down the quality of big-game hunting in northwestern Wyoming.
     The hunting groups are pushing to intervene in lawsuits pending in federal courts in Washington D.C. and Wyoming. The groups want to oppose environmental groups' push to reinstate federal protections for wolves in Wyoming.

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8:36 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Study on wolves and elk could provide predator management tips for ranchers

New research shows that wolves in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem tend to shadow herds of elk.

Matt Kauffman with the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is one of the report’s authors. He says their findings could help ranchers protect their livestock, because elk often graze among cattle.

“When ranchers move their cattle into grazing allotments that overlap with those resident elk areas, that might be a time to increase the amount of attention they pay to those cattle, with range riders and that type of thing,” Kauffman said.

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4:12 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Groups file third lawsuit over Wyoming wolves

Environmental groups have filed a third federal lawsuit challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's move to end federal protections for wolves in Wyoming.
The Humane Society of the United States and the Fund for Animals filed suit today/yesterday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.
The groups say Wyoming's management plan classifying wolves as predators that can be shot on sight in most of the state is inadequate. They want the court to reinstate federal protections.

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12:51 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Worries about wolf kills

Wyoming residents can now buy a permit to kill a wolf.  But in Teton County, they only need a permit if they're hunting north of Highway 22.  South of that highway, which bisects the county and crosses Teton Pass, anyone can kill a wolf, day or night, for free -- at least for the next two weeks.

That's because Wyoming's wolf management plan classifies wolves as trophy game north of the highway. Trophy game status means hunting is regulated and a permit is required. But south of the highway, wolves are deemed predators so those regulations don't apply.

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9:15 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Wyoming's Wolf Hunt Begins

Wyoming’s first regulated wolf hunt begins today. 

As of Friday, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department sold over 22 hundred wolf licenses.  Park County led the sales.  Park County Commissioner Joe Tilden told the Big Horn Radio Network is pleased that the hunt is finally moving forward. 

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5:24 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Wyoming to take over wolf management Monday

Wyoming is set to take over management of wolves on Monday. Earlier this month, U.S. Fish and Wildlife decided to remove the animals from the endangered species list.

Wyoming’s management plan allows wolves to be shot on sight in most of the state. In a few areas, a license will be required.

Gov. Matt Mead says he’s pleased that the state will now have control.

6:17 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

4 of 5 scientists approve of Wyoming's wolf plan

     Four out of five scientists who reviewed Wyoming's proposed wolf management plan say they believe it's likely to maintain a stable population in the state.

     The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday released its second scientific peer review of Wyoming's wolf plan. The agency released an earlier review this winter but called for another after the state modified its plan.

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5:24 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Wolf Management Bill Approved

A Wyoming wolf management bill has been approved by the State Senate.  The compromise measure that allows wolves to be shot on sight in most of the state and hunted in a small area of the state in western Wyoming, is the first key step in allowing the state to join Idaho and Montana in managing wolf populations located within state boundaries.  Senator Bruce Burns carried the bill and says citizen feedback has been mostly positive.

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6:12 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Initial Approval Given To Wolf Management Plan

The State Senate voted to give initial support for a wolf management plan for Wyoming today/Thursday. The multi-year compromise was developed by the Governor and Federal officials over the summer and involved a number of public meetings. 

Senator Dan Dockstader  of Afton says there are 2 key components in the bill….

“Under the legislation the plan calls for ten breeding pairs and at least 100 wolves outside of Yellowstone National Park.  The second main point trophy game management area will go from October 15th to the final day in February.”

12:02 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Wolf Management Legislation Passes

The Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Interim Committee has passed a final draft of a wolf management plan. The state must maintain no fewer than 10 breeding pairs or a hundred individuals and would protect wolves in Yellowstone and the Wind River Reservation, designate them as trophy game in parts of the Western Mountains, and allow people to shoot them on sight in the remaining 85 percent of Wyoming.

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7:04 am
Fri January 6, 2012

Wolf researcher for federal gov't takes issue with wolf plan

One of five scientists retained by the federal government says he sees shortcomings in Wyoming's proposed wolf management plan.

While four of the scientists generally approved of the plan, wolf researcher John A. Vucetich of Michigan says it's vague on how to reconcile conflicts between wolves and elk and may overestimate the mortality wolf populations can sustain.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service retained the five scientists to evaluate Wyoming's wolf plan.

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6:56 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Yellowstone says new Montana hunt rules protect wolves

Yellowstone National Park officials say an agreement with neighboring Montana that limits wolf hunting along the park's northern border is protecting the park's wolves from excessive hunting.

Yellowstone wolf biologist Doug Smith said Wednesday that Montana's 2011-12 wolf season so far has had less impact than the inaugural hunt in 2009. That year hunters killed four wolves from Yellowstone's Cottonwood pack, which had been studied for years by scientists and was popular among wolf watchers from across the country.

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5:14 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

With wolves' return, study says trees rebound

Scientists say in a new study that the return of gray wolves has dramatically altered the landscape in portions of Yellowstone National Park, by curbing foraging elk herds that prevented new aspen, willow and cottonwood trees from taking root.

Study author William Ripple from Oregon State University said tree stands are expanding in areas where for decades dense elk populations prevented new growth.

Wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone in 1995 and 1996 after being killed off early last century. About 100 now roam the park and elk numbers have dropped sharply.

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5:40 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Meeting over wolf plan to be held in Riverton

Federal wildlife managers are soliciting public comment on a plan that could see an end to federal protections for Wyoming wolves as soon as next year.

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8:43 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Wolf deal passes initial committee hurdle

A legislative panel has signed off on a plan that could remove federal protections from gray wolves in
Wyoming as early as next year.   Sen. Bruce Burns says the Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and
Cultural Resources Interim Committee approved the plan on Tuesday.

Burns says the panel was unanimous in recommending that the Legislature approve Wyoming's wolf-management plan when it convenes in February.   Gov. Matt Mead and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar agreed this summer to classify wolves in most of Wyoming as predators that
could be shot on sight.

9:51 am
Wed August 24, 2011

Secretary Salazar defends wolf plan

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Tuesday defended the decision to accept Wyoming's wolf management plan pending acceptance by the state legislature. Salazar made his comments to reporters while visiting Grand Teton National Park. Salazar explains that the hunting of wolves outlined in the plans for Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, are necessary to maintain the populations at manageable level.
"The recovery plan targets have been exceeded and those population targets are required to be kept."

2:09 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

Wyoming wolf plan adopted

 After years of lawsuits and negotiations, the State of Wyoming and the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service have reached an agreement that could lead to Wyoming managing wolves within the state.    The agreement would allow Wyoming to manage ten breeding pairs, but reduce the number of wolves outside of Yellowstone National Park from 350 down to 100.   The Governor’s policy adviser for Wildlife and Endangered Species Steve Ferrell says those numbers will be reduced through such things as hunting…but he does not expect a sudden reduction.

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