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 »
The Hungry Horse News reports that Kent Laudon, one of the top wolf biologists in the northern Rocky Mountains, left his position in Kalispell last spring for Alpine, Arizona, where he is leading wolf-recovery efforts in Arizona and New Mexico. Read the full story here.
We reported this story earlier, but it doesn’t hurt to say it again… The Flathead Beacon reports that the hunting and trapping of all wolves in the North Fork Flathead River drainage west of Glacier National Park has ended, wildlife officials announced late last week. Two wolves were reported killed in Montana Wolf Management Unit 110, which includes… Read More »
Dawn Olson Jacobson writes in the North Fork Classifieds… Heads up around Moose Creek road wolves are on the prowl if you have dogs keep them home n not wandering as the wolves will get them. The last few nights we have heard them howling and running near our place.
The Daily Inter Lake reports that with gray wolves recovered in Northwest Montana, the state wildlife agency’s role has been moving from species monitoring to management, including hunting. One of the biggest elements of that change is the departure of Kent Laudon, the region’s top wolf expert who retired Friday after a decade spent trapping, tracking… Read More »
Montana’s verified wolf population declined by 73, 12 percent, last year while livestock depredations by wolves continued to decline, dropping about 46 percent from 2013. The minimum number of wolves counted by FWP at the end of 2014 was 554 compared to a minimum of 627 wolves counted at the end of 2013 according to… Read More »
The Flathead Beacon reports that Montana, Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say they are investigating a Missoula man’s anti-wolf claim that he purposefully ran down a pair of wolves near the Idaho-Montana border. The Great Falls Tribune reports that Toby Bridges posted on Facebook last week bragging that he killed two wolves in his wife’s van. Capt. Joseph Jaquith… Read More »