May Wildlife Update: The Latest on the Pine Creek Pack

Wolverines, marbled murrelets, and red tree voles--oh my! In this month’s update, be sure to check out the wildlife section (in addition to the wolf section) as lots of things have been happening for Oregon’s threatened, endangered, and recovering native wildlife species. 
 
 
 
As of May 21st, the kill permit for the Pine Creek pack officially expired. No additional wolves were killed since April 18th. Without public pressure, it’s likely that these lethal removal permits would remain open a lot longer, so thanks to all of you who called and emailed ODFW and the Governor. Those efforts don’t go unnoticed and it’s important we keep up the drumbeat to ensure Oregon gets a Wolf Plan that prioritizes meaningful non-lethal methods over simply killing wolves. 
 
If you’d like a recap of what’s been going on with wolves in Oregon be sure to read Rob Klavins’ recent blog post (the third in a series). Rob takes a deep dive into the stories behind the stories of “wolf conservation” under Curt Melcher and Governor Brown’s Department of Fish and Wildlife.
 
For a bit of inspiration, check out what our friends at WolfWays have been up to lately. In addition to their new website, volunteers and educators have been busy “sharing the ways of wolves” with our next generation of wildlife advocates.
 
 
• Erik Fernandez, Oregon Wild’s Wilderness Manager, was recently published in the Bend Bulletin talking about the annual wolf report, the latest ODFW sanctioned wolf kills and more.
 
• Oregon Wild and our allies in conservation partnered up (once again) to sue the Forest Service over a timber sale that would adversely affect the nearly threatened, red tree vole. A main food source for the northern spotted owl, the red tree vole needs mature trees for nesting and advocates like Oregon Wild to stand up for its survival. 
 
• ODFW and OSP successfully removed arrows from deer illegally shot in Shady Cove. For more, check out OPB’s story.
 
• Finally, more charges were filed against those involved in a poaching ring in Oregon and Washington. Some good news to come out of a disgusting and terrible situation. Unfortunately, this story also highlighted that unlike Washington, where spree killing is a felony, Oregon's wildlife violations are misdemeanors.    
 
 
Great news from the north: 1st wolverine mother found in South Cascades in recent history! Like the story of many of our native carnivores, wolverines too were nearly wiped out after excessive hunting and trapping brought them to the brink of extinction. Is there hope that one day wolverines could return to Oregon? We sure like to think so, but it will require our fish and wildlife agency to care about all wildlife in Oregon, not just those that are hunted or fished.    
 
Advocating for imperiled native wildlife is Oregon Wild’s specialty! After the Wildlife Commission voted in February to list the Marbled Murrelet as ‘endangered’ (up from ‘threatened’), ODFW officials were tasked with developing survival guidelines for the species. These are quantifiable and measurable guidelines that ensure the survival of each individual animal before a management plan is fully developed. The Commission is expected to hear these draft survival guidelines at the June 7th meeting in Baker City.  
 
 
It’s not too late to sign up for the fourth annual Crater Lake Rendezvous! The trip will fill up fast, so get your spot today! The Rendezvous includes: visiting portions of Oregon Wild's 500,000-acre Crater Lake Wilderness proposal including the headwaters of one of Oregon's most iconic rivers: the Wild Rogue, meetings with wolf biologists, hikes throughout wolf territory, and more! 
 
 
Are you passionate about wildlife, public lands, and clean water but don’t know how to harness that energy into advocacy? Wild Ones is for you! Visit our website for opportunities to get involved, engage on the issues that you care about, and learn some new skills along the way. 
Photo Credits: 
Wolves and wolf pups by ODFW, Spotted Owl by Kristian Skybak. Otters by USFWS, California condor by USFWS/Jon Myatt