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 […]

Wolf attacks give cows ‘PTSD-like’ symptoms, study finds

Cows whose herd comes under attack by wolves remember the experience and show symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder, Oregon researchers say. That’s according to a study from Oregon State University and publicized Thursday. Reinaldo Cooke, an associate professor and animal scientist based in Burns, conducted the research, which appeared in the Journal of Animal Science […]

USDA’s agreement to kill Oregon wolves ruled lawful

The USDA’s agreement to kill wolves on behalf of Oregon wildlife regulators isn’t a “major federal action” warranting environmental review, according to a federal judge. Even if USDA’s Wildlife Services was required to study the impact of killing wolves in Oregon, the agency properly concluded it would have no significant environmental impact, U.S. District Judge […]

19 Oregon lawmakers denounce proposal for public wolf hunting

Nineteen Oregon lawmakers have requested that wolf hunting remain off the table to members of the public. In a March 27 letter, the lawmakers — all Democrats — request that Oregon’s fish and wildlife commission avoid opening the door to something they said would “greatly increase polarization and controversy over wolf management.”<<<Read More>>>

Oregon wolves reach milestone: 8 breeding pairs

Wolf Education International (WEI) statement about the controversies of the existence of wolves: Wolves are the fulcrum of endless political and cultural disputes that are especially present in 21st century globalization, pitting large groups against each other. Wolf advocates accuse wolf protesters of wanting to kill every wolf. Conversely, wolf protesters accuse wolf advocates of […]