WA state official supports delisting wolves in all Washington

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state official says wolves should be removed from the federal endangered species list in the entirety of the state.Washington Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind in April wrote a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in support of the proposal to delist wolves in the Lower 48 states.Susewind calls the proposal "appropriate and timely" as wolves are recovering.Wolves in the eastern third of Washington are already delisted.

Imported guard dogs deployed as part of US wolf-sheep study

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Federal scientists say a four-year study involving nearly 120 guard dogs imported from Europe and Asia found the animals do well protecting sheep from wolves and better than traditional guard dogs deterring coyotes.The U.S. Department of Agriculture supplied Cao de Gado Transmontanos (COHN day GAH'-doh TRANS'-mahn-tan-ohs), Karakachans (kah-RACK'-a-chans) and Kangals (KAN'-gahls) to guard sheep in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Washington and Oregon.