February Wolf & Wildlife Update: Good News Edition!
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.
- Far too often and for far too long, killing wildlife is the first choice of managers trying to address conflict. Learn how dedicated activists got Benton County to try something different!
- Have you heard about fladry and wondered what it is and what it's good for? Check out this short video!
- Following in her father's footsteps, Journey's daughter OR-54 is a California Girl (for now)!
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!