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December 2014

Conservation Connection December 2014

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In this issue:

  • I-90 Range Rider Success
  • Member Thank You
  • Lynx Lawsuit
  • New Merch
  • Wolf Research
  • Ghost Bears


A wolf pup from NE Washington's Smackout Pack. Photo: WDFW

A wolf pup from NE Washington's Smackout Pack.
Photo: WDFW


 

 







Ranchers Promoting Coexistence with Wolves

 

Despite grazing his herd of nearly 200 cow-calf pairs within the range of a confirmed Washington wolf pack, Colville-area rancher John Dawson reported no losses to predators this year. Neither did the five other ranchers who partnered with Conservation Northwest's Range Rider Program this year. And through these cattlemen's success, we're building tolerance for wolves among some rural residents.

"We're thrilled to see our partners' cattle come home from another grazing season without any losses to wolves," said Jay Kehne, Conservation Northwest's Okanogan County outreach associate. "It really speaks to the effectiveness of range riding in wolf country. Our hope is more and more ranchers and farmers will embrace range riding when they see the proof that having a diligent cowboy out there really works to avoid losses." Learn more about our season of successfully avoiding conflict between wolves and livestock on our website.

 

 

 

Thank you to all the members and volunteers who joined us this year!

Thank you to all the members and volunteers who joined us this year!

 

Thanks for a Successful Member Drive

 

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who joined our conservation community during our annual member drive! For those that would still like to become a Conservation Northwest member, through the holidays we're offering a special annual membership rate of $20. Already a member? You can take advantage of the special deal for that special conservationist on your shopping list this holiday season. Membership looks great wrapped in festive paper!

We're working hard to keep the Northwest wild but we can't do it without your support. Thank you!

P.S. Don't forget to the Save the Date for our 2015 Hope for a Wild Future Auction, Wednesday, April 1st 2015 on the Seattle Waterfront!

 

 

 

A lynx photographed this summer in the Kettle Range by our Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Program.

A lynx photographed this summer in the Kettle Range by our Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Program.

 

 

 

 

Lawsuit Calls for Protecting Critical Lynx Habitat

 

Last month, the Western Environmental Law Center filed suit on behalf of Conservation Northwest and other groups against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in federal court under the Endangered Species Act for inadequately protecting Canada lynx habitat. Canada lynx are a rare and elusive feline that depend on large tracts of forest habitat with ample snowshoe hare and persistent deep snow.

Despite some new protections for lynx in the lower 48 states, the USFWS has deeply undermined lynx recovery by excluding important sections of their range from critical habitat designation, notably the Kettle River Mountains in northeast Washington.

We're going to court to ensure that this important piece of lynx territory receives the critical habitat designation needed for these iconic wildcats to recover in the Pacific Northwest.

 

 

 

Our new Grizzly Growlers, available at events and our Seattle and Bellingham offices!

Our new Grizzly Growlers, available at events and our Seattle and Bellingham offices!

 

 

 

 

North Cascades Grizzly Bear Merchandise Released!

 

Still looking for that perfect holiday gift? We just updated our online store with our new "Grizzly Growlers," Conservation Northwest beanies, and our awesome new "Save the North Cascades Grizzly Bear" T-shirts and hoodies featuring Coast Salish artwork! Shop online today or call to ensure shipping in time for the holidays.

Because of limitations around shipping glass, Grizzly Growlers are currently only available for pickup at one of our office locations or at in-person events. Please call if you have any questions or if you would like to order over the phone: 360.671.9950 x 110.

 

 

 

New research shows that lethal wolf management may actually cause more livestock deaths the following year.

New research shows that lethal wolf management may actually cause more livestock deaths the following year.


 

 

 

Killing Wolves Increases Conflicts with Livestock

 

According to a groundbreaking study published this month by Dr. Rob Wielgus and the WSU Large Carnivore Lab, lethal wolf management may actually result in more livestock depredations because it causes stable wolf packs to fracture, breed more rapidly, and change their natural hunting behavior.

Watch video presentations from Dr. Wielgus and other wolf experts and learn more about their research findings in this article about our recent Wolf Management Science Panel at the University of Washington.

 

 

 

A grizzly bear photographed in 2012 on the Canadian side of the North Cascades. Photo: B.C. ministry of environment

A grizzly bear photographed in 2012 on the Canadian side of the North Cascades.
Photo: B.C. ministry of environment


 

 

North Cascades "Ghost Bears" Presentations

 

Join us in Wenatchee on January 8 and Ellensburg on January 22 for special presentations about the elusive grizzly bears of the North Cascades!

National Parks Conservation Association, Conservation Northwest, and Western Wildlife Outreach are proud to present Ghost Bears: Studying Grizzly Bears in Washington's North Cascades Ecosystem with wildlife ecologist Bill Gaines.

Gaines will discuss his three-year search for grizzly bears in the North Cascades, and along the way you'll hear about the history of grizzlies in the Pacific Northwest and the potential for grizzly bear recovery. Stay tuned, we'll be holding more "Ghost Bears" events in Twisp and Bellingham in February.

 

 

 

 

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