Author: Forrest Nelson

Wolves Kill Record Number of Livestock in Wyoming

A report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revealed record-breaking statistics regarding livestock predation in Wyoming from the state’s population of gray wolves. Under state management, Wyoming officials were forced to also kill a record number of wolves in response to the growing number of livestock incidents reported in the state.  According to the report, wolves were responsible for killing 243 livestock in 2016 and 134 livestock in 2015. Resulting from the barrage of attacks, Wyoming officials removed 113 wolves from the Wyoming landscape, a number that nearly doubles the previous high of 63 wolves killed in...

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Idaho Considers Allowing Hunters to Bait Wolves

With several rule changes proposed, the Idaho Fish and Game Department is seeking public comment on the changes until July 26. Of the proposed changes, none is making as many waves as the recently announced proposal that could allow the state’s wolf hunters to utilize bait specifically placed for wolves.  While wolf hunters In Idaho can currently take wolves over bait originally set out for other game such as bears, the rules state hunters cannot place wolf-specific bait for hunting purposes. As with other regulation and rule changes, the proposal is out for all parties to consider and it...

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California Officials Confirm New Wolf Pack

Marking only the second confirmed wolf pack in the state of California since the animals were extirpated back in the 1920’s, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) biologists have confirmed the newly-minted Lassen Wolf Pack in the northeastern region of the state. After capturing images of a pair of wolves during the summer and fall of 2016 in Lassen County, state biologists were interested in uncovering more information about the origins of the animals in the area.  After examining genetic samples from scat, they could pinpoint the male’s origin to Oregon’s Rogue Pack. Fast forward to May of...

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This Bull Elk Has One Thing On His Mind

With a hunter holding a camera, nothing can seemingly shake this bulls attention from the cow he is chasing.  As the rut heats up, this hunter got up close and personal with the pair of elk and captured some great footage in the process....

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Nearly $300k in Fines Handed Out in One of Quebec’s Biggest Poaching Busts

A network of 30 poachers was brought down by the Canadian province of Quebec’s Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks last month in one of the provinces biggest poaching busts on record. “It’s definitely in the top 3 of anti-poaching operations in Quebec,” Lieutenant Luc Alarie of the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks told Le Journal de Montreal. Totaling 360 illegal wildlife charges including illegal possession of white-tailed deer, night hunting with a searchlight, hunting without a license, and a surplus of large game limits, the individuals involved are now facing fines in the amount of $280,000. Using...

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