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Gray wolf, © Peter Thiemann
February 12, 2014
In an effort to inflate elk populations for commercial outfitters and hunters, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) hopes to kill 60 percent of the wolves in the Middle Fork area of central Idaho’s Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, according to a predator management plan for the area released this week.
Wolf, © Larry Travis
February 7, 2014
Panel members of the independent scientific peer review committee conducted by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California, Santa Barbara today told the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) that the science behind the proposal to strip federal protections for gray wolves across nearly all of the lower 48 states was not based on the best available.
Gray wolf, © Peter Thiemann
February 7, 2014
A bill to establish a wolf control board to kill most of the wolves in the state gained traction this week in Idaho’s state legislature.
Florida Panther,  © SuperStock
February 4, 2014
Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wa.) today released a report and a set of proposals that would radically change the way the Endangered Species Act (ESA) works, severely curtailing the act’s ability to protect the nation’s most imperiled species.
President's Council, original wildlife photograph by Joel Sartore
February 3, 2014
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) recently released a new wolf management protocol that will remove important safeguards for recovering wolf packs in the state. Today, Defenders of Wildlife sent Governor Inslee a letter requesting that he work with WDFW to rescind this protocol until the WDFW’s stakeholder Wolf Advisory Group and the public have an opportunity to provide further input on this matter.
January 31, 2014
Today, the Fish and Wildlife Service released the official annual count of Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. This year’s count tallied 83 wolves, an increase of only eight individuals from the 2012 year-end population of 75 wolves.
January 29, 2014
President Obama made a strong commitment to addressing climate change in his 2014 State of the Union address.
January 28, 2014
Farm Bill conferees have released a conference report that includes several major victories for wildlife and natural resource conservation efforts. Environmentalists are touting the bill as a dramatic improvement over the previous House version. The compromise bill is expected to be brought to the House floor this week.
Gray Wolf, © Angelique Rea
January 28, 2014
Late Monday night, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) announced an end to their wolf extermination program in the Frank Church Wilderness Area, this after Defenders and other conservation groups took the issue to federal court earlier this month.
January 18, 2014
Conservationists have taken their effort to halt a wilderness wolf-killing program to the U.S.Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after a federal judge in Idaho rejected their request to stop the unprecedented program Friday afternoon.