State Fish and Wildlife Commission Denies Petition to Require Nonlethal Steps to Manage Washington Wolves


For Immediate Release, August 1, 2014   Contacts:    Amaroq Weiss, Center for Biological Diversity, (707) 779-9613 Nick Cady, Cascadia Wildlands, (314) 482-3746 Tim Coleman, Kettle Range Conservation Group, (509) 775-2667 Rebecca Wolfe, Washington Chapter of Sierra Club, (425) 750-4091   State Fish and Wildlife Commission Denies Petition to Require Nonlethal Steps to Manage Washington … Continue reading State Fish and Wildlife Commission Denies Petition to Require Nonlethal Steps to Manage Washington Wolves

Of Roosevelt Elk, Bacteria, Hooves and Herbicides


By Bob Ferris    Over the last several years through numerous blog posts and comments Cascadia Wildlands has been forwarding two important notions. The first is that state wildlife commissions (and therefore agencies) in the West are too beholding to resource-oriented industries such as ranching, timber, mining and energy interests at the expense of hunters, anglers and … Continue reading Of Roosevelt Elk, Bacteria, Hooves and Herbicides

Groups Urge More Cautious Approach on Washington’s Wolf-kill Policy


 For Immediate Release, February 6, 2014 Contacts:  Amaroq Weiss, Center for Biological Diversity, (707) 779-9613 Nick Cady, Cascadia Wildlands, (541) 434-1463 Jessica Walz Schafer, Gifford Pinchot Task Force (503) 221-2102 x 101   Groups Urge More Cautious Approach on Washington’s Wolf-kill Policy Letter Urges Revision to State’s Policies on Lethal Control of Recovering Wolf Populations   … Continue reading Groups Urge More Cautious Approach on Washington’s Wolf-kill Policy

WDFW: Did You Ever Think to Ask?


By Bob Ferris In my experience so many conflicts are avoidable simply by checking in and asking simple questions.  In our office we do it all the time.  Is anyone else too hot?  Is my humming of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony bothering you?  Can I put popcorn in the microwave?  Anytime someone deals with a space … Continue reading WDFW: Did You Ever Think to Ask?

Mr. Cady Goes to Washington or Ten Bears and Josey Talk Wolves


By Bob Ferris I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s and watched Westerns with my dad.  We liked the action, wildness and, at times, the messaging contained in the films about cowboys, mountain men, desperados and the first folks in the Americans.   Somewhere in the proteinaceous filing cabinets of my brain I am … Continue reading Mr. Cady Goes to Washington or Ten Bears and Josey Talk Wolves

Conservation groups seek stronger wolf protections


  By Ann McCreary–Methow Valley News August 14, 2013 Prompted in part by the state’s extermination of the Wedge Pack last year, a coalition of conservation organizations is advocating amending some provisions of Washington’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan to make them legally binding. A petition filed by eight West Coast conservation groups asks the … Continue reading Conservation groups seek stronger wolf protections

State of Washington Petitioned to Better Protect Wolves: Seven Groups Ask State Wildlife Agency to Follow, Enforce Wolf Plan


For Immediate Release, July 19, 2013   Contacts:     Amaroq Weiss, Center for Biological Diversity, (707) 779-9613 John Mellgren, Western Environmental Law Center, (541) 525-5087 Bob Ferris, Cascadia Wildlands, (541) 434-1463 Greg Costello, Wildlands Network, (206) 260-1177   State of Washington Petitioned to Enforce Wolf Protections   Seven Groups Ask State Wildlife Agency to … Continue reading State of Washington Petitioned to Better Protect Wolves: Seven Groups Ask State Wildlife Agency to Follow, Enforce Wolf Plan

Reasonable People Can Disagree, but…


  By Bob Ferris “Reasonable, even intelligent people can, and frequently do, disagree on how best to achieve peace in the Middle East, but, peace must be the goal of our foreign policy tools, whether they be by the stick or by the carrot.” Nick Rahall Congressman from West Virginia   I have always liked … Continue reading Reasonable People Can Disagree, but…

WDFW and the Wedge Pack—Not a Class Act


By Bob Ferris People who teach in a classroom understand that the game is won or lost and the tone set extremely early in the process.  Setting and communicating clear boundaries and expectations on that first day of class can help head off problems and save a lot time and energy on corrective actions.  By … Continue reading WDFW and the Wedge Pack—Not a Class Act

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