As Oregon wolves rebound, tensions rise over livestock attacks

His is just one example of the conflict that’s arisen since Canis lupuswas reintroduced to the American west 20 years ago. As the animals have established territory in places they’ve been absent for a generation, the wolf has gained enemies as ranchers have lost cows and sheep. Industry groups have argued for killing wolves that target […]

Ranchers grow frustrated by wolf regulations

Tom Collom, with Oregon Fish and Wildlife, said federal delisting would not automatically mean ranchers could kill wolves. He said the state would still manage wolf populations and, in areas where wolf packs are numerous, Oregon is currently allowing kills only in instances of chronic livestock killings. Collom said future wolf management policy could allowed […]

Wolves attack calf on different pasture

A third Baker County rancher has had cattle attacked by wolves from the Pine Creek pack near Halfway. Biologists from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) confirmed that wolves attacked a calf belonging to Barry and Shella DelCurto of Halfway early Wednesday. Barry DelCurto said he found the six-week-old, 150-pound calf Wednesday morning […]

Oregon wildlife officials kill wolves in effort to save cattle

SALEM — Oregon wildlife officials shot and killed two wolves from a helicopter Wednesday in an attempt to reduce killings of cattle by the predators. The killings have reignited a debate between the state, ranchers and environmentalists about how to manage wolves, which were hunted down for 100 years until they disappeared in 1947. Another […]

Oregon is home to 124 wolves, up 11 percent in annual report

Biologists in Oregon have counted 124 wolves in their annual tally, marking an 11 percent increase over last year’s numbers. The much-anticipated report also found a 38 percent increase in the number of breeding pairs in the state, where the species was once wiped out due to a bounty. The count also tallied 13 wolf […]

Oregon rancher approved to kill 2 wolves from pack that’s been attacking calves

*Staff Note* – Historically, taking out only a selected number of wolves from a pack that has insisted on livestock depredations, does little to stop continued attacks. Unfortunately, the entire packs need to be taken out. BAKER CITY — Oregon wildlife officials will allow a cattle rancher in remote northeastern Oregon to kill any two […]

Olympics provide suitable reintroduction site for gray wolves, study finds

Aside from werewolves in the fictional “Twilight” series set near Forks, actual gray wolves haven’t inhabited Olympic National Park for almost a century. But a recent study found that the Olympics could be a suitable place to reintroduce the species. The report, conducted by Oregon State University ecology professor William Ripple and postdoctoral faculty Christopher […]

Trapper who shot wolf in eastern Oregon sentenced to probation, fined

PORTLAND — A trapper who shot a gray wolf after finding it caught in one of his traps has been sentenced to two years on probation and 100 hours of community service. Union County Judge Thomas Powers also suspended David Sanders’ hunting and trapping license for three years and fined him $7,500. Sanders, 58, pleaded […]

Wolf compensation bill clears initial hurdle

A bill that would increase compensation for livestock losses based on Oregon’s wolf population has survived an initial legislative deadline.<<<Read More>>>

Gray wolves return to Mt. Hood forest

Gray wolves have been spotted on the Mt. Hood National Forest, placing even more pressure on wildlife officials to formalize statewide wolf management policy. On Jan. 4, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife captured images, through wildlife cameras, of two wolves traveling through remote parts of the Mount Hood territory. This marked the first […]