Wolves and Caribou

The Inland Northwest has a number of threatened and endangered species – and some at risk of disappearing from our region. The excess of roads, encroachment of their territory, habitat loss from logging, and impaired water quality have negatively affected the Canadian Lynx, Gray Wolf, Grizzly Bear, Northern Goshawk, Bull Trout and the iconic Mountain Caribou populations. Also, wolves and grizzly bears are often under attack by rural communities and some individuals in the ranching and hunting community. This brings challenges to recovering these two vital species.

To combat these threats and risks, The Lands Council collaborates with the Colville, Idaho Panhandle, and Kootenai National Forests. Through these efforts we have found common ground on forest restoration projects and support for permanently protecting the wildest parts of the forest. In time, forest restoration will restore the habitat and forest structure for many of the most threatened species. Our collaborations also involve community leaders including county commissioners and state and national elected officials.

Gray wolf standing in green summer foliage with pups playing around him. Note the comical face of the pup underneath the mature adult.

Gray wolf standing in green summer foliage with pups playing around him. Note the comical face of the pup underneath the mature adult.

For Immediate Release

Eastern Washington Wolf Coalition is Offering a Reward for Information Leading to the Prosecution of Wolf Poachers
Date: December 13, 2017
Time: 3:00 P.M.
Location: Spokane, WA
Contacts: Mike Petersen, The Lands Council, 509-209-2406, mpetersen@landscouncil.org Chris Bachman, The Lands Council, 509-209-2401, cbachman@landscouncil.org

SPOKANE, Wash. – In response to two recent wolf poaching incidents in NE Washington, to support bringing these poachers to justice, The Lands Council is offering a total of $5,000 for information that leads to conviction in these cases.

The conservation advocacy group Western Wildlife Conservation is adding an additional $1000, raising the total reward for conviction to $26,000. Poaching of any animal is unacceptable, poaching of an animal protected under state endangered species law is an egregious act and should be punished to the full extent of the law. Poaching is stealing from the people. Our wildlife and wildlands are held in public trust, they belong to us all. Penalties for illegally killing a state endangered species, a misdemeanor, range up to $5,000 and/ or one year in jail. Intentional killing of an endangered species should be classified as a felony with strong penalties to effectively deter poaching. The Lands Council is working to recover a sustainable resilient wolf population in Washington. We seek collaborative partnerships with community members, especially those affected by our recovering wolf population. Wolves, as apex predators, have been shown to have a positive impact on ecosystems, balancing prey populations and helping habitat recover following years of over browsing. *Neither the perpetrator or his family can benefit from the reward being offered.