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Gray wolves get good news (though they’re still being shot)

February 7th, 2014

Wolves remain under fire across the Northern Rockies and Upper Midwest, but they caught a break today from experts who say the federal government is using old science in its effort to remove protections for gray wolves across the rest of the US.

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Gray wolf death toll grows as US hunters take their bounty

December 6th, 2013

Hunters have killed 299 gray wolves in the Rocky Mountain states where trophy hunting is set to continue through the winter, and in some cases through the spring. Conservationists say the packs could nosedive in the face of robust trophy hunting and trapping that has been set up to whittle the wolves down to around 400 in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming combined.

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U.S. gray wolves headed for disaster in 2013?

June 6th, 2013

Two years of sport hunting have taken a toll on the gray wolves in the U.S. Northern Rocky Mountains. Their population is down by 34 percent after what one biologist satirically calls a “robust” hunting season.

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Congress unilaterally delists the Rocky Mountain wolves as part of the budget deal

April 15th, 2011

Congress removed the Rocky Mountain gray wolves from federal protection under the Endangered Species Act yesterday, passing a rider in the budget bill that takes the wolves in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Utah off the ESA list.

Environmentalists have been railing against this possibility for days, both on the grounds that the wolves need continued federal protection and that Congress has no right to make changes to the Endangered Species Act without input from scientists.

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Dead wolves, dead cattle, dwindling West

March 10th, 2010

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Every so often I pause and wonder about the Rocky Mountain wolves, which were de-listed from protections under the Endangered Species Act in 2009 and hunted for sport for the first time in decades.

I have thought about the wolves periodically all this winter, as they’ve been hunted in Idaho. As of today, 172 wolves have been killed there, just shy of the 220 kill limit set by the state, where the wolf season ends March 31. Last fall, in Montana, 72 wolves were killed, just short of the 75 wolf limit.

I’m not sure why their plight touched me so much. I think it’s their intelligence and curiosity that tugs at my emotions. Sensing humans nearby, they will peek out from their cover to see, only to get shot. And there’s the fact that they’re pack animals, dependent on an enduring family structure and very much like us in that regard.

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Wolves under fire; Idaho hunter called ‘wolf murderer’

September 3rd, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

At least three of Idaho’s wolves have been killed as hunting commenced this week under the first authorized sport wolf hunt in the lower 48 states.

But while the hunt has attracted sportspeople, it has repelled others. A Lewiston-area man who killed the first wolf on opening day told the local media that he has received numerous calls of protest.

Robert Millage, a real estate agent, says he’s been called a “wolf murderer, a fat redneck and other names” in some 50 phone calls and hundreds of e-mails, according to the Lewiston Tribune. (To see a picture of the young wolf Millage killed view the story on Lewiston’s KLEW-TV.)

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Bush Administration removes federal protections for gray wolves — again

January 15th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

In a last minute move anticipated and decried by environmentalists, the Bush Administration has removed a large segment of the Rocky Mountain gray wolves and western Great Lakes gray wolves from protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Interior Department officials cited the wolves’ recovery in those areas, saying that the animals populate those areas in sufficient numbers to survive without being listed as endangered (in the case of the Rocky Mountain packs) or threatened (the Great Lakes wolves).

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