August Wildlife Update: Wolves, Wildlife and the Endangered Species Act!

We're Back!

The Oregon Wild Wolf Pack Newsletter is back! Thank you for your patience while we got our new email system up and running. There may be a few kinks along the way, so if you happen to come across any challenges with our messages, please let us know

There are still a few spots available for this year’s Crater Lake Wolf Rendezvous, September 13-16! Check out the details here and sign up for an amazing opportunity to explore Oregon wolf country. 

WOLVES

If you recall, last December--because of grassroots pressure from activists like you--we got a vote on the revised (terrible) Wolf Conservation and Management Plan delayed. Ultimately, the controversy surrounding that plan encouraged Oregon Governor Kate Brown to initiate a new process, using an outside facilitator, to revise the Wolf Plan. We are happy to report that this process is finally moving forward. While it remains to be seen what will come out of this facilitated process, know that Oregon Wild and our colleagues in conservation are working hard to ensure we get a better Plan. 

And earlier this month, our Northeast Field Coordinator, Rob Klavins, had an op-ed published in the Register Guard highlighting some of the pitfalls with wolf management in Oregon and how the state can (and should) do better. Check it out.

WILDLIFE

The battle to protect Oregon’s imperiled marbled murrelet has been an uphill climb. Earlier this year, the Fish and Wildlife Commission voted in support of reclassifying the species from ‘threatened’ to ‘endangered’ under the state Endangered Species Act. Two months later, and without adequate scientific justification, they reversed their decision. Just a few weeks ago, the Commission not only decided to adopt unenforceable management guidelines for the bird (which will do very little in ensuring the species’ survival) but also attacked members of the public for testifying on the need for more protections. It’s a new low, to say the least. You can read a more comprehensive overview of the Chair’s unacceptable behavior by checking out Danielle Moser’s blog. We’re not letting this go without a fight! The conservation community filed a lawsuit against the Commission for their decision to keep the bird listed as ‘threatened’. We’ll keep you posted as this progresses. 

In good news, and admittedly surprising, the Commission also voted to begin rulemaking to ban trapping of the rare and highly endangered coastal marten. This is in response to a petition that Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands and other partners submitted in the spring. Right now, trapping marten is fair game, even for the imperiled Humboldt (coastal) marten. According to scientists, just one or two human caused mortalities could wipe out this small population. Conservation groups asked the Commission to prohibit recreational trapping in coastal marten habitat to help protect the species. Once the official rulemaking begins, we’ll be sure to let you know how you can provide comments to the Commission.

Rare bumble bee sighting! Chandra LeGue, our Western Oregon Field Coordinator recently went on a hike with the Great Old Broads for Wilderness in the National Willamette Forest and had the fortunate experience of seeing Bombus occidentalis among the wildflowers. Read her story and ways you can take action to protect our critical pollinators.

IN THE NEWS

  • Attacks on the Endangered Species Act are easy to come by lately. Here’s a great op-ed detailing the need to protect this bedrock environmental law. 
     
  • High Country News took a deep dive into exploring the wolf compensation program in Oregon, and why it’s in need of some major modifications.

EVENTS

If you happen to be in Lincoln City on Wednesday, September 26th be sure to attend our education event on lost and imperiled species of the Oregon coast. The event starts at 5:30 at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. You’ll learn about the history of native wildlife in Oregon and what you can do to advocate for their recovery.

It’s that time of the year again! Oregon Wild’s annual Call of the Wild fundraiser.  A camp- inspired event benefiting the protection of Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife and waters. Don’t miss the chance to celebrate with us on Friday, October 12th. 

TAKE ACTION

To help push back on the recent attacks of the Endangered Species Act, please take action and let your member of Congress know that it’s not acceptable!