November Wolf and Wildlife Update
Nov 14, 2017 |
A lot has happened since our last update. It’s hard to imagine so much can happen in 30 days, but Oregon’s wolves have had a challenging month. The good news? Thanks to supporters like you, we’ll continue to elevate these issues and get wolf recovery back on track.
Last week we learned that another wolf was poached in southern Oregon. It’s the second poaching announced in only a month. Around the same time, the public also learned that a hunter, who claimed self defense, killed a wolf in northeast Oregon.
However, the hunter’s story doesn’t appear to match the evidence. Independent experts agreed. Oregon Wild and our partners sent a letter to Governor Brown asking her to reopen the investigation.
In what seems to be the Governor’s go-to response when it comes to anything related to wolves, we haven’t heard a peep from her office. For more information on these current events and how you can take action, check out our latest alert.
As if that wasn’t enough, any day now, ODFW is expected to release their final draft of the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. Although subject to change, the Fish and Wildlife Commission will be reviewing this final draft at the December 8th meeting in Salem. At that meeting, they’ll only be taking comment from invitation-only panels. They’ll take testimony from the general public and vote on the plan at the January 19th meeting in Salem.
Because the Plan determines how wolves will be managed for the next five years, it’s critical that there are strong enforceable conservation provisions to prioritize conflict prevention over killing, and that trophy hunting is not allowed.
Once we’ve seen the Plan we’ll be sending around a summary and an action plan.
With so much happening, wolves have been getting a lot of attention. Here are a few stories you might want to take a look at:
And for something more uplifting, check out this recent video of wolves in Oregon.
Thanks to those of you who were able to submit a comment to the Commission about increasing protections for the Marbled Murrelet!
In total, Oregon Wild supporters submitted 749 comments, asking the Commission to uplist the nesting seabird from “threatened” to “endangered”. The Commission is expected to discuss the potential uplisting at the February meeting in Portland. Stay tuned for details about that meeting and opportunities to weigh-in.
There isn’t much time left for Governor Kate Brown to speak up and make sure Oregon's revised Wolf Plan emphasizes conservation over killing! Please call Governor Brown at (503) 378-4582 and ask that she get her Department of Fish and Wildlife back on track before it’s too late.