Where is Washington’s Lookout Pack Alpha Female?

Lookout Pack Yearling Wolf 2008

Washington state is missing the mother of the first wolf pack in the state in seventy years. Apparently the Lookout pack alpha female has been missing since May, why are we just hearing about it now? This will be the fifth wolf  missing or dead in the last three months in four states, four of them alphas (parents of the pack). 

New Mexico and Arizona have been the hardest hit, losing three highly endangered Mexican gray wolves.  Two members of the Hawks Nest pack, who have seven pups, are dead. The alpha male or father was found shot to death in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Soon after a yearling Hawks Nest male was also found shot to death,  leaving the alpha female and a yearling female to raise seven puppies.  The San Mateo pack alpha male, was found dead under suspicious circumstances.

(update)The Paradise pack alpha male, who roams the Ft. Apache Indian Reservation, has been missing since April. He just turned up alive with a dead collar. Thank  you Jean for passing along the good news! 

(UPDATE) In Oregon, the Imnaha pack alpha male has been missing since May 31 but he was recently sighted. 

Now the Lookout Pack alpha female is missing in Washington.  

This has to be a concerted effort among wolf hating poachers to eliminate the leaders of each one of these packs. When is the federal government going to get serious about poaching? The reason these wolves are dead is because poachers know they can get away with it.  Clamp down on these people USFWS!!!  Is this 1910 or 2010?

This video is last years Lookout Pack pups howling in the Methow Valley. 

Here are  Lookout pups romping, caught on remote camera.

Lookout Pack Pups 2008


Mother wolf missing from state’s 1st pack in decades

Jul 29, 2010 at 4:44 PM PDT


Photo: Photos Courtesy Washington Department of  Fish and Wildlife

Posted in: Washington wolves

Tags: Lookout Pack, alpha female, wolf intolerance, poaching, USFWS


Published in: on July 30, 2010 at 2:42 pm  Comments (13)  
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Utah…”No Wolf Zone”?

I read an opinion piece in the Salt Lake Tribune concerning wolves return to the state. It’s been years since canis lupus roamed their native lands in Utah, they were extirpated from most of America, save a few pockets of wolves in Minnestota. But in order to make it to Utah they have to cross the “no wolf zone” in Idaho and Wyoming. No easy task since two wolves, trying to set up shop in Utah, were recently killed for livestock depredation. I always take these reports with a grain of salt because I know and the “wildlife managers” will admit, if asked, that wolves are a mere blip concerning livestock losses. But it always seems to make front page headlines in the local media, because people have a politcal agenda to advance.

The writer summed up their feelings about wolves in Utah this way:

We sympathize with ranchers in northeastern Utah who fear ongoing losses of livestock if wolf packs take up permanent residence. But we remind them that the state, upon investigation and confirmation that a wolf was the culprit, will pay depredation claims. And we encourage them to explore nonlethal methods of safeguarding flocks and herds, including alarm systems, fencing, lighting and the timely removal from the range of dead and dying animals that can attract wolves.

As for hunters, they’ll have to share their bounty with wolves if the animals gain a foothold here. But nimrods will also benefit from a healthier population of game animals, as wolves cull old, weak and sick specimens and improve the genetics of the herds.

For the rest of us, the return of the wolf promises a welcome return to the natural order — a healthy ecosystem, an apex predator in place, silent nights punctuated by eerie howls. The gray wolf should be allowed to reinhabit its old haunting grounds.

Basically the author is saying “suck it up hunters and stop whining”. You can’t get your way all the time, wolves belong to all Americans not just you and your cronies in the state game agencies.

Wolves remind us of places wild and free. None of us wants to think everything in the world has been tamed. We need apex predators to do their job and keep ungulate herds healthy and in so doing, bring a wildness to the places they inhabit.

I’m proud to say I live in wolf country. Wolf song piercing the night  gives me comfort, I’m lucky to be here where canis lupus calls home. But wolves are threatened by upcoming hunts in Montana, especially in Northwestern Montana, where 122 wolves are slated to die at the hand of a hunter’s bullet or arrow, more then any other area of the state.

I have no doubt, wolves being the tenacious creatures they are,  will one day inhabit Utah and hopefully the rest of their native habitat, lost to them by the brutality of man.

Now if only they can run the gauntlet though Idaho and Wyoming.


Wayward wolves

Updated Jul 28, 2010 03:25PM

Salt Lake Tribune Opinion


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Posted in: Utah wolves, biodiversity, Wolf Wars
Tags: No Wolf Zone, Utah, gray wolf, disperse, wolf intolerance
Published in: on July 30, 2010 at 1:48 pm  Comments (22)  
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