February Wolf & Wildlife Update: Good News Edition!

There’s plenty of bad news out there. So this month we’re happy to have plenty of good news to share.

There's nothing good about poachers. Unless, that is, it's a poacher facing justice! For the first time since wolves began returning to Oregon, State Police found and filed charges against a wolf poacher in Northeast Oregon. We'll be watching closely to see if justice is ultimately served.

Sometimes justice moves slowly. Way back in 2015, Oregon Wild and our allies took ODFW to court for prematurely stripping wolves of their protections as an endangered species. Despite a political effort to insulate the illegal decision from judicial review, the case finally got a hearing on Groundhog Day. Our attorneys stood up for wolves - and some basic concepts of American Democracy.

The ODFW Commission indefinitely delayed their vote to adopt a revised Wolf Plan. It's a good sign, but a long way from a good outcome. We will do all we can to ensure Governor Brown's agency uses the delay to make the plan stronger, to make wolf killing an option of absolute last resort, and not allow wolf hunting.


We are thrilled to report that last week’s Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission hearing ended on a positive note. On Friday, the commission voted 4-2 to uplist the Marbled Murrelet from threatened to endangered under Oregon’s Endangered Species Act! Thanks to hours of public testimony and several years of collaborative work by Oregon Wild and our partners, the State is now required to draft survival guidelines and a management plan to ensure this rare seabird survives and thrives in Oregon. 

The petition to uplist the Murrelet from ‘threatened’ to ‘endangered’ was initiated in 2016 by Cascadia Wildlands, Oregon Wild, Coast Range Forest Watch, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Audubon Society of Portland and the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club. Now, 23 years after the Murrelet was originally listed as ‘threatened’ in Oregon, the State will finally take the necessary steps to conserve this bird and its habitat for generations to come. 

We're proud of all we've done to defend wolves over the past decade. But there are lots of fish, birds, and other animals that need our help. As we continue to do more to protect the wildlife with whom we share the Beaver State, we've expanded our Wolf Facebook page and even changes its name to "Oregon's Wolves and Wildlife". Check it out, leave a comment, and tell your friends!

February is a short month, but there's a lot going on. Check out our hikes and events page to see what's happening near you!
The protections are overdue and it was a hard fight, but the ODFW Commission did the right thing in providing protections to Marbled Murrelets. It's important that they know they have your support. Send a message to the Commission (odfw.commission@state.or.us) and tell them so!