Nc’icn Wolves Go For A Walk, Geese Late, Stunning W.A. Pics, Other Wildlife News

Always interesting to get the latest WDFW weekly Wildlife Program report. Being a Washington wolf news junky, the first thing I do is search for the term “wol.”

Running through Oct. 29 issue, this turned up:

Biologist Shepherd met with U.S. Air Force/Department of Defense employee Todd Foster discussing sign of multiple wolves in Sherman Creek. After a call to Colville Tribal personnel, it was determined to be the Nc’icn wolf pack.

In other lupus news, continued sightings in the Blues:

Biologist Vekasy followed-up on recent report of wolf sighting of 5 wolves together outside of Dayton, did not find any evidence but recent rains may have washed away sign. He also updated spreadsheet of trail cam locations and duration of use this year for wolf monitoring.

And a mess of trail cams were posted to monitor the Hozomeen area for winter activity:

Biologist DeBruyn began setting up motion activated cameras in the North Cascades National Park to monitor potential wolf travel corridors. DeBruyn hiked into extreme northeastern Whatcom County to cover some promising topographical bottlenecks. The cameras have enough memory and battery life to remain functional until the spring snowmelt allows retrieval.

In news of interest for waterfowlers …:

Biologists Finger and Gregory visited Stratford, Round, and Banks Lakes to count Canada geese. The lakes were visited on two days and a total of less than 400 geese were seen. It is not unusual to observe 20,000 or more geese during the last week in October. The timing of the survey coincided with survey dates for the past six years. It is suspected that this decrease in birds observed is due to a shift in migration timing possibly related to the weather on their summer range in Canada.

… Green River watershed tagholders …:

Biologist Anderson discussed progress of the permit hunt in the Green River Watershed administered by Tacoma Power. As of Wednesday last week, six deer, four elk and one bear had been taken. This includes two youth hunters bagging a three by four and a four by five, one of which was their first hunt. Another adult got a five by six bull. Overall, many are happy with their opportunity to hunt this area and feel lucky to have nabbed a permit in the random draw. This hunt ended November 2.

… Lower Columbia duck hunters …:

District Wildlife Biologist Miller contacted some hunting parties at Willow Grove boat launch this weekend. They had been out on the Columbia River hunting on Hump/Fisher Island. They reported good numbers of ducks and good shooting opportunities. Geese also use those areas and might be a good opportunity as well once the season opens on November 10.

…. KlickiCo deer chasers …:

A hunter who visits the Klickitat Wildlife Area every fall sent Manager Van Leuven a photo of a very large buck that he harvested on October 21 near the town of Klickitat, in GMU 578. Mr. Zilke declared that in his many years of hunting in Klickitat County, this buck was the largest-bodied animal he had ever taken.

…. Willapa waterfowlers …:

Biologists Hoenes and Michaelis conducted the third of six waterfowl survey flights over Willapa Bay. Totals have not been tallied, but both biologists felt like the number of ducks they observed was similar to the number observed during the October 18th flight. During that flight, Hoenes and Michaelis observed 61,712 ducks with the majority being American wigeon (39,173 or 63 percent). American wigeon were again the dominant species observed, but the overall distribution of ducks in Willapa Bay was quite different. In addition, very few teal were observed. Surveys are being conducted every two weeks until the end of December so biologists can gain a better understanding of the temporal variation in waterfowl usage of Willapa Bay and how it is influenced by the availability of eelgrass.

… Chehalis Valley waterfowlers …:

Manager Guzlas and wildlife area staff constructed a small parking facility for access to the newly acquired Osgood addition to the Chehalis Wildlife Area Unit. A new gate, fencing, kiosk, property boundary and safety zone signs were installed at the site prior to the waterfowl opener in October. The site will be managed similar to private land quality hunt sites due to the proximity of two residences and a shared road that is used for access. Additional mowing occurred in the back wetland on the Osgood.

… and lovers of damned beautiful pictures of their state’s public lands ..:

“SINLAHEKIN EYE CANDY” AT FORDE LAKE, SINLAHEKIN WILDLIFE AREA, OCTOBER 2012. (JUSTIN HAUG, WDFW)

For pics of Mr. Kleske’s buck and a woman’s very nice 6×6 bull from the Blue Mountains foothills, go here and download the Oct. 29 report.

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