Lethal wolf take lands ODFW in hot water with both sides

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*Staff Note* – Learned behavior with wolves is pack-wide not individual. When one member of a pack depredates on livestock, all members have or are learning the same behavior. Therefore, elimination of just one member of a pack will not stop the depredations on livestock.

Fulfilling the predictions of ranchers and the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, the Harl Butte Wolf Pack struck again on Aug. 16, a week after the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s lethal removal of two wolves from the pack. The lethal removal was intended to change the behavior of the pack, which had recently inflicted losses on ranchers in the Harl Butte area, including a pair of killings on July 28 and July 22.

Local ranchers had requested that the department eliminate the entire pack.<<<Read More>>>