So far this season, we’ve been spending a lot of time in the Northern Rockies, in the states where grey wolves first returned to the West – whether by reintroduction or recolonization. But in 2008, dispersing wolves from Idaho denned in both eastern Oregon and Washington, where they hadn’t been seen since the 1940’s.
In this episode, Alex and Jared explore how different geography, politics and management goals put wolves in the center of a tough dynamic in the Pacific Northwest.
Links and references from Wolf management in the Pacific Northwest
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Why aren’t there more wolf packs in Washington’s Cascade Mountains? by Jay Shepherd, Conservation Northwest
The Bradley, et al. paper in the Journal of Wildlife Management, Effects of wolf removal on livestock depredation recurrence and wolf recovery in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming
The Wielgus and Peebles paper in PLOS One, Effects of Wolf Mortality on Livestock Depredations
Press Release: Wildlife Advocates Sue Forest Service Over Rising Wolf Body Count in Washington
2005 Report from Colorado State University’s Human Dimensions in Natural Resources Unit, Wildlife Values in the West
Working Wild U is a production of Montana State University Extension and Western Landowners Alliance with support from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Western SARE and you, our listeners.
Today’s episode was directed and edited by Zach Altman and produced by Matthew Collins, Zach Altman, Alex Few, Jared Beaver, and Abby Nelson. With editing support from Kathleen Shannon.
Our hosts are Jared Beaver and Alex Few.
Louis Wertz is our Executive Producer. Music is from Artlist and Blue Dot Sessions.
Special thanks to Tom and Kelly Birkmaier, Roblyn Brown, Kim Kerns, and Jay Shepherd.