July Wildlife Update: Looking for Your Feedback

A black bear on the Rogue River by Lois Miller

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Happy to say that we don’t have much to report about wolves in Oregon over the last month because things have been relatively quiet (which is a good thing!). Fingers crossed it stays that way and that Oregon’s wolves are out in the wild doing their wolf-y thing. 

Meanwhile, in California, wildlife officials just announced that the Lassen Pack (California’s only known wolf pack) gave birth to pups for the fourth consecutive year. Wonderful news, indeed! 


The last few weeks have been rather tumultuous for the fate of bears in the Pacific Northwest. First, the Trump Administration decided to scrap plans to reintroduce grizzlies in the North Cascades -- something that had been in the works for the last several years. Grizzlies, which are native to Washington and Oregon, do not currently occupy very much of their historic range. This was an effort to remedy that. Unfortunately, anti-wildlife voices in the region got the last word.

Secondly, ODFW seemed to be headed down a path to consider allowing hunting of black bears on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River, however due to swift action from folks like you, ODFW has stopped this proposal! The Wild Rogue has always been a popular rafting spot and many outfitters lead trips down the river, in part, to see bears in the wild. Though some education is done to instruct people on best practices to avoid human-bear interactions, there are no requirements. Luckily, and in response to public pressure, ODFW and the federal managing agencies have decided to pursue non-lethal requirements first.


Finally! Hollowed trees (typically known as snags) are getting the rebranding they deserve. Now introducing, habitat trees!

Despite ODFW being the first wildlife agency in the country to develop a climate and ocean change policy, there are some provisions that do more to protect the status quo than chart a new path for protecting our most vulnerable species. For more on the plan (and a critique of it), check out this editorial.


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A black bear on the Rogue River by Lois Miller