Oregon Wolf Update

This is the latest on wolves in eastern Oregon from my friend Wally Sykes.  Not enough has been done to prevent wolf-livestock conflicts in the first place.  So now ODFW has euthanized one wolf of the Imnaha Pack as of Tuesday and is still planning to kill another.  We only have 20-odd wolves in the whole state!  See two updates below.
Update May 18, 2011

Calf confirmed killed by wolves in Wallowa County

ODFW confirmed another livestock loss by a wolf in Wallowa County today (May 18).  A calf was killed by a wolf on Monday night (May 16) in the same area where a wolf was trapped (Monday evening) and killed by ODFW (Tuesday morning).  ODFW and USDA Wildlife Services jointly investigated the depredation, which occurred on private property. A calf was also killed on this same property by wolves last year.  ODFW has now issued 24 “caught in the act” permits, which allow livestock producers to shoot a wolf they “see in the act of biting, wounding or killing livestock.” ODFW will continue with efforts to kill another uncollared wolf in the Imnaha pack to limit further livestock losses.

Update May 17, 2011

Wolf killed in Wallowa County in effort to reduce livestock losses

SALEM, Ore.—An uncollared young male wolf from the Imnaha pack was trapped and euthanized this morning by ODFW staff. The action occurred on private property with livestock operations, where wolves had killed livestock in late April 2011.

ODFW killed the wolf in an effort to reduce livestock depredation in the area. Despite non-lethal methods in place to prevent wolf-livestock conflict, wolves from the Imnaha pack have killed at least four domestic animals this year. The pack was also involved in livestock losses in the same area at about the same time last year.

“This action is not something that we take lightly, but it is consistent with the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan,” said Russ Morgan, ODFW wolf coordinator. “This will reduce the food requirements of the pack and discourage further use of this area [livestock operations on private lands].”

Efforts to remove a second uncollared wolf from the pack will continue.

 

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