Arrival of wolves worries SW Oregon ranchers

WINSTON, Ore. — Livestock owners who attended the recent Douglas County Livestock Association’s Spring Conference were in total agreement that wolves would have an impact on their operations sooner rather than later. These ranchers graze cattle, sheep and goats in the foothills on the west side of the Cascade Mountains and on the east side […]

Plan has new rules on killing wolves that prey on livestock

SALEM — With Oregon’s wolf population growing, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on Monday issued a draft conservation and management plan that established a new timetable involving when wolves can be killed for preying on livestock. The old plan allowed for hunts after two confirmed wolf depredations of livestock in an area. The […]

Gray wolves in Central Oregon? Maybe someday soon, experts say

After years during which Oregon’s recovering gray wolf population remained concentrated in the far northeast corner of the state, two new groups of wolves have migrated to the Cascade Mountains since the start of 2018. With an increase in breeding packs nearby, experts are looking for swaths of habitat that may soon host wolves. And […]

Oregon wolf count shows record number of known wolves, 10 percent bump over prior count

A record number of wolves are roaming the forests and fields of Oregon, 20 years after the species returned to the state. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reported Monday that the number of known wolves in Oregon at the end of 2018 was 137, a 10% increase over the previous year. There are […]

Wolves target rancher’s animals again

Gray wolf OR-7’s Rogue Pack is at it again at rancher Ted Birdseye’s property, killing a mastiff pup Friday, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The dead dog is the 11th livestock or pet kill attributed to southwest Oregon’s lone wolf pack since September, but the first since Jan. 21 when Birdseye […]

Rogue Pack of Wolves Takes Down Seventh Cow in Oregon

Authorities say gray wolf OR-7′s Rogue Pack has killed another cow at ranch southwest of Crater Lake, Oregon, marking the seventh confirmed livestock kill attributed to the pack since late October.<<<Read More>>>

‘ROGUE PACK’ WOLVES KILL CALVES AT JACKSON COUNTY RANCH

RANCHERIA, Ore. — After a series of kills at a Klamath County ranch that had wildlife officials on guard, the wolves of the “Rogue Pack” appear to be on the move again. This time three calves were found dead in Jackson County in the Rancheria area, according to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). […]

Oregon to craft new proposal for managing wolves

A new framework for managing wolves that repeatedly prey on livestock may have the support of both Oregon ranchers and conservation groups, if the state can find enough money to pay for it. The idea came as groups sat down for the second time with a mediator on Tuesday as part of the Oregon Department […]

Wolves kill guard dog at SW Oregon ranch

Wildlife investigators shaved the dog, finding injuries consistent with wolf bites. Birdseye said the animal’s back end “was like grape jelly.” The investigation also turned up wolf tracks on the property, which together was enough for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to confirm the Rogue pack was responsible for the attack. “There’s no […]

When cattle go missing in wolf territory, who should pay the price?

Before its adoption in 2011, some believed Oregon’s compensation program might be more successful than others in this regard. Oregon’s liberal-leaning urban areas expanded support for wolves’ re-entry, and legislators had years of data and experience to draw on from other Western states where wolves had returned earlier. The program required ranchers to implement nonlethal […]