Watered Down Justice For Lookout Pack..

Suspect Tom D. White (Photo Courtesy King5.com and WDFW)

For  poaching and decimating the first wolf pack to roam Washington State in 70 years, William White and his son and daughter-in-law Tom D. & Erin White of Twisp, Washington are expected to receive no jail time, getting off with probation and fines. They could have faced HUGE fines and jail for killing endangered wolves. They were tripped up when Erin White attempted to FedEx a box dripping blood, which contained  a poached wolf pelt from one of the Lookout wolves. (I think it was a pup.)

The Whites should have had the book thrown at them. Watered down justice for the  Lookout Pack.


Washington wolf killer pleads guilty, wife admits role in scheme


Posted on April 18, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 18 at 4:59 PM

 It started when workers at a private shipping company in Omak discovered a box bound for Canada was bleeding. It ended Wednesday when Twisp rancher Tom White and his wife pleaded guilty to federal felony charges of killing and conspiring to export the pelt of a protected species.

White’s father William had already pleaded guilty to charges involving the killing of at least two members of the first known wolf pack in Washington State in 70 years.

Tom and his wife Erin agreed to pay $35,000 in fines and both face up to a year in prison when sentenced in July.

Sources say the pair is more likely to face three years of probation. The three still face State charges in connection with the killings that biologists say set back the Lookout Mountain Pack that was discovered in the Okanogan Valley in 2008.

READ MORE: http://www.king5.com/home/Washington-wolf-killer-pleads-guilty-wife-admits-role-in-scheme-148017955.html



WA couple plead guilty in wolf killing case

Originally published Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 9:14 PM

A Twisp, Wash., couple have pleaded guilty to federal charges in the killing of a protected gray wolf and an attempt to ship its bloody pelt to Canada.

SPOKANE, Wash. —

A Twisp, Wash., couple have pleaded guilty to federal charges in the killing of a protected gray wolf and an attempt to ship its bloody pelt to Canada.

Tom White, 37, pleaded guilty to killing two endangered gray wolves, in May and December 2008. His wife, Erin White, also 37, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to export an endangered species, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Under a plea agreement, prosecutors are expected to recommend that the couple be sentenced July 11 to three years’ probation. Tom White agreed to pay fines and restitution of $30,000, with his wife paying $5,000.

READ MORE: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2018003762_apwawolfkills1stldwritethru.html


In happier times.

“Uploaded by on Jul 15, 2009

When Conservation Northwest Executive Director, Mitch Friedman, his children, and nephew joined state and federal biologists to check in on the Lookout Pack, Washington’s first pack in over 70 years, they were treated to quite a chorus! http://conservationnw.org/scat/news-of-nature-rebounding for the whole story.”


Photos: Courtesy King5.com, Conservation Northwest and WSFW

Posted in: Washington wolves, Wolf Poaching

Tags: Lookout pack, Tom D. White and Erin White, evils of poaching, Washington wolves

Will There Finally Be Justice For Washington’s Wolves?

August 2009, Lookout Pack Howling in the Methow Valley

Just a few short years ago wildlife advocates were celebrating the return of canis lupus to Washington state, after a seventy year absence. The Lookout Pack was formed, they made the Methow Valley their home. The wolf had come back to Washington!!

But something went terribly wrong.  In 2008 a woman attempted to FedEx a dripping, bloody box containing a wolf pelt.  Last year the alpha female of the Lookout Pack disappeared.

Now some members of a Washington state family have been indicted, by a federal grand jury,  for poaching endangered wolves!!

From the Seattle Times:

Methow Valley ranchers indicted in wolves’ deaths

Members of a Methow Valley ranching family have been charged in federal court in the killing of several endangered gray wolves and the attempt to illegally mail at least one of the pelts to Canada in a bloody box.

By Craig Welch

Seattle Times environment reporter

Originally published June 8, 2011 at 8:54 PM | Page modified June 9, 2011 at 6:24 AM

Members of a Methow Valley ranching family have been charged in the killing of several endangered gray wolves and the attempt to illegally mail at least one of the pelts to Canada in a bloody box.

A federal grand jury Tuesday handed up a 12-count indictment that accuses Bill White and his son Tom White, of the Twisp area in Okanogan County, of poaching at least two wolves and then conspiring with Tom’s wife, Erin White, to smuggle one of the pelts to an acquaintance in Alberta. The men may have killed another three of the endangered species, according to the indictment.

Activists pushing to see wolf populations restored in Washington applauded the charges.

“People who kill wolves are flat out poachers — people with disrespect for the law and for wildlife,” said Mitch Friedman, of Conservation Northwest. “It’s critical that we come down on them hard, and I’m glad to see that we are.”

The indictment is the first to come after a rash of suspicious wolf deaths, many involving a group of animals known as the Lookout Pack, which took up residence in the Methow Valley in 2008.

One skinned gray-wolf carcass was found dumped by the roadside in Skagit County with a bullet hole in it. Meanwhile, the Lookout Pack’s lone breeding female disappeared last year. She was wearing a radio collar that should have changed signals if she’d simply died. Instead it went silent, leaving state biologists to suspect it had been destroyed by a gunshot. She disappeared more than a year after federal agents began investigating the Whites.

Canis lupus was extirpated from the American West more than 70 years ago, but the animals were reintroduced in Idaho and Yellowstone National Park in 1995. Since then, wolves from there and from British Columbia have begun recolonizing Washington, thrilling conservationists and frustrating some livestock owners who fear wolves may decimate their herds of cows and sheep.

The White case surfaced in late 2008, when a woman walked into a FedEx office in Omak and attempted to mail what she said was a rug. The shipping agent refused to mail the package after he saw it was leaking blood. Omak police were called, discovered the pelt and sent it to wildlife agents who confirmed it was from a wolf, according to a search-warrant affidavit.

Investigators used security cameras to trace the woman and her car to the Whites’ house. During a search of two homes occupied by the Whites near Lookout Mountain, agents seized a computer that included photos of Tom White posing with a large wolf with a damaged paw, the search-warrant affidavit said.

The indictment describes the case against the White family like this:

In late 2007, after reports of wolves began to surface in Eastern Washington, Bill White emailed a relative in Alaska asking for help in finding someone who knew how to snare wolves in a trap. Six weeks later he emailed someone that he and others were hunting three wolves near his home.

Tom White allegedly killed one wolf in mid-May 2008 and another in December, one of which he skinned, the indictment says. His father allegedly contacted a friend in Alberta and offered him “a really big coyote” for tanning.

Just before Christmas, according to the indictment, Erin White drove the pelt to the shipping agent in Omak and used a false name to attempt to send it to Canada.

Later, in January 2009, Bill White again sent an email to someone claiming he and others had shot two wolves in a group of nine and one wolf in a group of three. It’s not clear whether he was claiming they had shot three more wolves, or three total. That same month, the indictment alleges, Bill White also illegally applied pesticides in a manner intended to kill wolves.

Bill White faces nine felony counts, including conspiracy and obstruction charges. If convicted, the combined charges could result in decades in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

If Tom White is convicted, he faces up to eight years in prison, while a conviction for his wife could lead to a sentence of more than 10 years.



Happier Times!

Lookout pups caught frolicking on a trail camera, August 2008.

If these people are found guilty I hope they throw the book at them!!


Justice for Lookout wolves

Jun 09, 2011



Videos: Courtesy of Conservation NW

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Washington’s wolves

Tags: Poachers, Lookout Pack, Wolf Wars, Washington, Methow Valley, Conservation NW, wolf pups, Lookout Pack alpha female, FedEx

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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Wolves Howling Methow Valley, Washington

Listen to the Lookout Pack in Washington’s Methow Valley.  It’s music to my ears. 

“We listened for a voice crying in the wilderness. And we heard the jubilation of wolves!” -Durwood L. Allen

“When Conservation Northwest Executive Director, Mitch Friedman, his children, and nephew joined state and federal biologists to check in on the Lookout Pack, Washington’s first pack in over 70 years, they were treated to quite a chorus!”


Here’s The First Litter of Lookout Pack Pups Caught On Remote Camera  August 12, 2008 (unfortunately only one survived)


But all was not lost.  What you are hearing in the first video is their second litter born in 2009!! AND the discovery of a second wolf pack in Pend Oreille County.

Lookout Pack has new litter; wolves confirmed in Pend Oreille County

By Joyce Campbell, Methow Valley News
July 15, 2009

Lookout Pack observed moving about its territory

By Joyce Campbell, Methow Valley News

January 1, 2010


Posted in: Washington wolves, wolf recovery, biodiversity

Tags: wolf howls, Lookout Pack, gray wolf/canis lupus, wolf recovery

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