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 »
The Flathead Beacon reports that conservation groups on Wednesday filed a notice with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of their intent to file a lawsuit seeking to force the agency to extend a monitoring program for wolves in Idaho and Montana. The notice sent by the Center for Biological Diversity and four other organizations contends the… Read More »
NFNews fan Ramona Coyote saw our earlier post about Death and Life in the North Fork and thought that our readers would also enjoy this article by Aaron Teasdale in the Sierra Club website about wolves and Kintla Lake in Glacier National Park. It begins… THE WOLVES APPEARED LIKE PHANTOMS, five of them spiriting across the frozen lake to a thrust… Read More »
The Flathead Beacon reports that the Montana Livestock Loss Board has made record payments this year for depredations caused by wolves and grizzly bears. The Great Falls Tribune reports that as of Monday, the state has paid more than $146,700 for the deaths of 133 head of livestock. Up until now, the most expensive year was 2009,… Read More »