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Feature: Wolves in the Rockies

Fighting for the Gray Wolf's Recovery

Gray wolves once roamed the United States from coast to coast and from Canada to Mexico. But in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, wolves were intensively killed in staggering numbers, eradicating them from almost all of the lower-48 by the 1930s. Today, wolves have mounted a comeback, but their recovery is far from certain. Congress, for example, recently kicked wolves in Idaho and Montana off the endangered species list, which opens the door for hundreds of wolves to be killed.

Today, NRDC is increasing its efforts to reduce conflicts between wolves and livestock in the Northern Rockies. This work is critically important, as many wolves are killed in response to conflicts with livestock. Ultimately, NRDC fights to ensure a healthy, sustainable future for wolves in the Northern Rockies.

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Now is a Perfect - and Critical - Time for Wildlife Services to Assist with Nonlethal Measures

Posted November 9, 2015 by Zack Strong

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Montana Wildlife Services recently held its third in a successful series of workshops highlighting the importance and effectiveness of using nonlethal proactive measures to protect livestock from wolves, bears, and other predators. The workshop, held in Conrad, Montana, was co-hosted...continued

OIG Audit Emphasizes Need for Wildlife Services Reform

Posted September 24, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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(C) USFWS Mountain-Prairie Responding to Congressional requests and well over a hundred thousand letters from the public, almost two years ago the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Inspector General (OIG) agreed to conduct an audit of the agency's...continued

How California Ranchers Can Avoid Conflicts with the State's First Wolf Pack

Posted August 20, 2015 by Zack Strong

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It's an historic day for California and wolf recovery in the lower-48 states. Today, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that trail cameras deployed by the Department had captured images of a family of five gray wolf pups...continued

"Is this earth just for us?" NRDC film Wild Things Premieres on cable TV

Posted May 8, 2015 by Andrew Wetzler

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Every time I watch the closing scene in Wild Things, the NRDC documentary about USDA's Wildlife Services program, I choke up. Every time. Doug Smith, leader of Yellowstone National Park's Gray Wolf Restoration Project, is framed against a Wyoming forest....continued

Wild Things TV Premiere Next Week: Learn Why Nonlethal Tools Work

Posted May 8, 2015 by Zack Strong

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We're excited to announce that the cable television premiere of NRDC's film Wild Things will appear on Pivot TV next Wednesday, May 13, at 9 p.m. Eastern. Wild Things documents Wildlife Services' use of traps, snares, poisons and other indiscriminate...continued

Proposed Budget Would Cut Funding for Wildlife Services

Posted February 20, 2015 by Andrew Wetzler

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The Obama Administration recently announced its proposed budget for fiscal year 2016. The President's budget would cut about $10 million from Wildlife Service's "wildlife damage management" program. This could be great news for wildlife--especially native carnivores. Wildlife Services is...continued

National Wolf Recovery Needs....A National Wolf Recovery Plan

Posted January 22, 2015 by Sylvia Fallon

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There have been numerous recent developments in the world of wolves and wolf recovery. Several months ago, a federal court returned Endangered Species Act protections to Wyoming wolves--largely due to the state's inadequate management plan, which, among other things,...continued

Wildlife Services Holds Landmark Nonlethal Workshop in Dillon, Montana

Posted January 16, 2015 by Zack Strong

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Last week, the federal agency Wildlife Services held a day-long conference in Dillon, Montana, to discuss nonlethal ways to protect livestock from native carnivores like grizzly bears and wolves. By any measure, the workshop was a huge success. NRDC strongly...continued

Northern Rockies Wolf Makes Grand Journey South

Posted December 5, 2014 by Zack Strong

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I first saw the Grand Canyon on a cold, calm, cloudless afternoon, more than a decade ago.  It was late in the day in late March.  From my vantage on the South Rim, the scene was dizzying.  Before and...continued

Victory for Wolves in Wyoming

Posted September 23, 2014 by Matt Skoglund

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Today, a federal court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service violated the law when it removed Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in Wyoming in 2012. As part of today’s ruling, Endangered Species Act...continued


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