As Oregon wolves rebound, tensions rise over livestock attacks

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His is just one example of the conflict that’s arisen sinceĀ 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 their livestock and, as they see it, their livelihood.

In the first months of 2018, Birdseye lost three calves to wolves. In Jackson County, where he runs his 200 head of cattle on a nearly 300-acre ranch northeast of Medford, it’s illegal to kill wolves, animals that enjoy both state protection and federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.<<<Read More>>>