Warding Off Wolves – Flathead Beacon MARION – Surveying his pasture from the cab of his Toyota pickup truck, his Australian Shepherd Griz by his side, John Hanson bears the appearance of a quintessential Montana rancher, which he is, having grazed cattle on this land north of Marion for decades.
The canine creature shot in Montana a month ago that captured the curiosity of the nation is actually a gray wolf. DNA from the animal, which was shot legally by a rancher near Denton on May 16, was tested at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service forensic laboratory in Ashland, Ore. The lab compared the… Read More »
The Flathead Beacon reports that wildlife officials say Montana had about 900 wolves in 2017, the 13th consecutive year the state exceeded its recovery goal. The Billings Gazette reported Thursday that last year’s population estimate was up from 851 in 2016. Read the full article here.
The Daily Inter Lake reports that Mike Mitchell, unit leader of the University of Montana’s Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, is one of the scientists developing a newer method to track animal populations — not by counting, but by estimating. Called patch occupancy modeling (POM), it’s been tested for a decade by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.… Read More »
The NFPA website says that Diane Boyd gave a well-received presentation last Wednesday during a seminar hosted at the University of Montana W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation. Read the full story here.
In his Hungry Horse News Read his full column here. column this week, G. George Ostrom provides some interesting Montana wolf history.
The Missoulian reports that wolves are the perfect animal to help reduce the spread of chronic wasting disease among elk, deer and moose, wolf advocates told the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission last week during the board’s meeting in Helena. “And it doesn’t cost us anything,” said Marc Cooke, president of Wolves of the Rockies. Read… Read More »
The Flathead Beacon has a wonderful article about our good friend and North Fork neighbor Diane Boyd. It begins… In 1979, Diane Boyd left her native Minnesota and headed west to begin tracking the first radio-collared gray wolf from Canada to recolonize the Western U.S., where humans had effectively eliminated the species by the 1930s through hunting,… Read More »
Wolf numbers in Montana remain healthy and well above federally-mandated minimums as the fifth and final year of federal oversight of state wolf management comes to an end in May. Montana’s annual wolf report shows a minimum wolf count of 536 wolves in 2015, which is down from 554 in 2014. Included in this number… Read More »