A different look at ranchers’ attitude toward wolves

Ranchers’ frustration has understandably grown as they’ve sustained increased loses from depredation and increased costs trying to prevent it.<<<Read More>>>

Wolves’ return to Oregon brings conflict and opportunity

It’s a political debate playing out against the backdrop of a rapidly growing wolf population, a jump in wolf poaching and demands from ranchers and hunters who say the predators are decimating herds and spooking big game. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will vote in January on whether to revise the state’s wolf management […]

Surge of wolf killings isn’t organized effort

It’s been a bloody year for Oregon wolves, with at least 10 killed under circumstances ranging from authorized “lethal control” due to livestock attacks and a shooting ruled self-defense, to an unintended poisoning and unsolved poachings. At this point, Oregon State Police have no reason to think there is a concerted action by an individual […]

$15,500 Reward Offered After Endangered Wolf Shot Dead

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has banded together with five conservation groups to offer a $15,500 reward for information about the killing of a federally protected gray wolf. The four-year-old male, known as OR-33, was found dead in late April in southwestern Oregon’s Fremont-Winema National Forest, according to the agency. A necropsy confirmed that it […]

OREGON AUTHORIZES LETHAL REMOVAL OF FOUR HARL BUTTE WOLVES

*Staff Note* – Removing only selected members of a wolf pack will not stop livestock depredation. Oregon officials have authorized the lethal removal of more wolves from the Harl Butte pack due to continued depredation on livestock. Last week, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) approved a permit, which is valid through Oct. 31, 2017, that allows for […]

Lethal wolf take lands ODFW in hot water with both sides

*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, […]

Some wolves may have become ‘habituated’ to eating cattle

Northeast Oregon cattle ranchers have called for two entire packs to be killed, saying the state’s “incremental” approach won’t deter voracious wolves.<<<Read More>>>

Lethal wolf take lands ODFW in hot water with both sides

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 […]

Oregon To Kill Wolves That Preyed On Livestock

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has decided to kill members of the Harl Butte wolf pack in Eastern Oregon in an attempt to disrupt the pack’s behavior and prevent future livestock losses. The decision comes after Wallowa County ranchers requested lethal control because the pack has attacked cattle seven times in the past […]

State wolf management plan moves closer to completion

ODFW commissioners discuss attacks on public land and more The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has moved a step closer to finalizing the first new management plan for gray wolves in Oregon in seven years. On Thursday, the seven ODFW commissioners met in Salem to discuss details of a draft of the department’s gray […]