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JOSEPH, Ore. - The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says a wildlife biologist videotaped a pack of at least 10 gray wolves on Forest Service land in Eastern Oregon. The agency says the pack is the largest yet confirmed in Oregon since wolves began returning to the state in the late 1990s.
WOLF MANAGEMENT IN OREGON: Wolves will not be reintroduced into Oregon. It is expected, however, that wolves will continue to disperse into Oregon from neighboring states. Wolves in Oregon are protected by the state Endangered Species Act. West of Hwys 395-78-95, they are also protected by the federal ESA. Wolves east of that boundary are managed by ODFW through its Wolf Conservation and Management Plan.
The goal of Oregon’s wolf plan is to ensure the conservation of gray wolves as required by Oregon law while protecting the social and economic interests of all Oregonians. The plan was developed with input form a variety of stakeholders including livestock producers, conservationists, hunters, trappers and other wildlife experts. It was formally adopted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission in December 2005
Oregon has slowly built a small wolf population since the species began naturally moving into the state from neighboring Idaho in 1999. Wolf recovery progress in Oregon has twice been slowed by the illegal shooting and killing of wolves. Fewer than a dozen wolves are believed to be roaming the far northeastern reaches of the state. Despite this modest population, livestock producers are already lobbying the state legislature for the authority to kill endangered wolves. Current state law prohibits the killing of a gray wolf without a permit.
“Fifty years ago we killed every single wolf in the state,” added Stevens. “Now, with just a handful of wolves back in Oregon, some people have this knee jerk reaction to want to kill them again.”
Originally posted by ANNED
can they send some to Calif.
We have a over abundance of tree loving hippies that they can feed on.
Originally posted by beezwaxes
I live in western Oregon farm country and can report that most people around here want no parts of them. They don't want to lose livestock and just seem to have a natural fear/dislike.
I'd personally love to see them make a comeback. There's plenty of wild game for them and it would give the cougars a little competition.
Reintroducing these predators is a serious, foolish mistake. Will your child, wife or pet pay the price?