USFWS Catch 22: Embrace Flawed and Dated Science or Do the Right Thing for Wolves


By Bob Ferris   Catch-22 (Logic)   A catch-22 is a paradoxical situation in which an individual cannot or is incapable of avoiding a problem because of contradictory constraints or rules.  Wikipedia   In Joseph Heller’s classic book Catch 22 the protagonist was caught between the horns of a dilemma.  He, Captain John Yossarian, was … Continue reading USFWS Catch 22: Embrace Flawed and Dated Science or Do the Right Thing for Wolves

Maintaining Federal Protections for Western Wolves


Maintaining federal protection for wolves re-colonizing areas of the West is likely one of the most important elements to the scientifically defensible recovery of this species. Unfortunately, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is currently proposing to strip critical federal protections across all of the lower 48 states. As the wolf is both an iconic … Continue reading Maintaining Federal Protections for Western Wolves

The Rickety Molehill Elk Federation


By Bob Ferris We have admittedly been a little hard on the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, but I am not sure that we feel any true guilt about it.   The feelings actually tend more towards sorrow and pity.  Sorrow in that a once prestigious and respected conservation organization has drifted towards the intellectual graveyard … Continue reading The Rickety Molehill Elk Federation

Press Release: Washington State Resumes Hunt for Wolves With Aim to Destroy Wedge Pack


For immediate release September 5, 2012 Contact:    Noah Greenwald, Center for Biological Diversity, (503) 484-7495                   Bob Ferris, Cascadia Wildlands, (541) 434-1463      OLYMPIA, Wash.— Following two depredations last week, the state of Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife ended its brief wolf-hunting reprieve and is again gunning to kill up to four wolves … Continue reading Press Release: Washington State Resumes Hunt for Wolves With Aim to Destroy Wedge Pack

Elk Foundation Shucks Sound Science


Jackson Hole News and Guide guest opinion by Bob Ferris Actions and inactions always speak louder than words. So it is very telling that, in the two weeks or so since the Murie family released their eloquent letter urging the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to return to science and tone down their anti-wolf rhetoric, we … Continue reading Elk Foundation Shucks Sound Science

Press Release: Murie Family Cautions Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Over Anti-Wolf Rhetoric


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 18, 2012   For more information contact: Bob Ferris (Cascadia Wildlands) – 541.434.1463 Josh Laughlin (Cascadia Wildlands) – 541.844.8182   Murie Family Cautions Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation over Anti-Wolf Rhetoric—America’s first family of natural history asks RMEF to return to science and reason   Glendale CA—The Muries—arguably America’s first family of … Continue reading Press Release: Murie Family Cautions Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Over Anti-Wolf Rhetoric

At Least Eight New Wolf Pups Born in Oregon This Spring


Associated Press by Jeff Barnard June 20, 2012 While judges on the Oregon Court of Appeals consider whether to authorize state biologists to kill two wolves for preying on livestock, the Imnaha pack has been going about its business, producing four pups this spring. At least two and perhaps all four of the packs in … Continue reading At Least Eight New Wolf Pups Born in Oregon This Spring

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation–Needed: Less 10 Gallon Hats and More 10 Pound Brains


Right after the Mexican wolves were released in the Southwest I was at a DC press conference with Dave Parsons, Craig Miller, and other drivers of the restoration project.  I was interviewed after the event by a reporter from USA Today who asked me what wolves needed to survive.  My answer was quick and flippant … Continue reading Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation–Needed: Less 10 Gallon Hats and More 10 Pound Brains

Wolf: Recent Updates


May 4, 2012: As of today, 254 wolves have been shot and 124 have been trapped in Idaho this hunting season. In Montana, 166 wolves have been killed. May 2, 2012: The wolf found dead in early March in Union County is confirmed a poaching by Oregon State Police and ODFW. The investigation of the … Continue reading Wolf: Recent Updates

Bringing Back Wolves


Through trapping, poisoning and shooting, government agents and bounty hunters killed off every last gray wolf in Oregon, Washington and California by the 1940s. However, the species has begun to make a remarkable comeback in the Pacific West as wolves have migrated west after a successful re-introduction into the northern Rockies in the mid-1990s. Today, … Continue reading Bringing Back Wolves