April Wildlife Update: It's Utter Chaos

If your head is spinning trying to keep up with the latest news on Oregon's wolves, the release of the annual wolf report, and ODFW's decision to kill wolves, join the club. It's been an extremely chaotic two weeks made worse by ODFW's inability to clearly communicate with the public.
The 2017 Annual Wolf Report was released last week, revealing that the number of known wolves in the state is 124--only a slight increase of 12 since last year's count. If you recall, last year we expressed concern that population growth appeared stagnate. ODFW argued that this was due to bad weather conditions and we could expect to see a more dramatic increase in 2017. However, over three years of growth data, the population has only grown by 14 animals--a very small increase since the state prematurely removed protections. To see Oregon Wild's take on the report, click here
Adding insult to injury, the 2017 wolf report came just days after ODFW announced they would be issuing a kill order for two wolves from the Pine Creek Pack. In the time it has taken me to write this email for you, ODFW killed one female yearling, documented more depredations, issued another kill order for two wolves, and subsequently killed another two. Since it's hard to keep track, that's three dead wolves in one week. 
The madness has to stop! For more information on how you can get involved to help Oregon's wolves, check out our action page and be sure to call Governor Brown today (503-378-4582).
  • Executive Director, Sean Stevens, shares Oregon Wild's perspective on the 2017 wolf report. 
  • The importance of 'rewilding'. The New York Times explores the return of native carnivores to the landscape and the critical role they play in restoration. 
It's not just wolves, ODFW scapegoats native carnivores like cormorants and sea lions too. Oregonians deserve a fish and wildlife agency that will fight for all species, not just those that are hunted or fished. 
Oregon Wild decided to team up with our allies in conservation to petition ODFW to stop trapping the rare and endangered Humboldt marten. With fewer than 100 of them in Oregon, they need our voice to keep them protected!
Victories for wildlife are hard to come by these days, especially in Washington, D.C. where attempts to undermine bedrock environmental laws like the Endangered Species Act have become the norm. Luckily, wildlife champions in Congress beat back terrible riders during the budget negotiations, preventing native carnivores from losing critical protections. 
Oregon Wild is partnering up with Soul River Inc. and the Portland Eco Film Festival to present: Reel Talk: Beyond the Big Fish. Don't miss this opportunity to watch two amazing short films and participate in a panel discussion about conservation and social justice on Sunday, April 22nd at the Hollywood Theater. 
At this month's Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting, Roblyn Brown, Wolf Program Coordinator for ODFW, will present and answer questions about the latest wolf report. If you find yourself in Astoria on Friday, April 20th, please don't hesitate to stop by. 
You've done it before, but we can assure you it's helping. Call Governor Brown (503-378-4582) and share this action with your friends!
Photo Credits: 
Wolves and wolf pups by ODFW, Spotted Owl by Kristian Skybak. Otters by USFWS, California condor by USFWS/Jon Myatt