October Wildlife Update: Wolf Awareness Week!

As we have seen time and time again, elections have consequences. That’s why it’s critical that each and every one of us votes on November 6th. For all things wild and for all wild places, it’s imperative we ensure our elected officials represent the public’s conservation values. Thanks for the reading our public service announcement. 

Now back to your regularly scheduled wolf pack update. 

WOLVES

Happy Wolf Awareness Week! We hope you find a special way to honor the recovery of wolves, like voting in this Herald and News poll against hunting in Oregon. While there’s still a lot of work to be done, the progress that’s been made should be celebrated. Many thanks to all of you for advocating for the return of this incredible keystone species.

In other good news, a kill order that was reissued to a rancher in Wallowa County officially expired on September 24th (with no dead wolves). After another predation event in mid August, ODFW extended the kill permit for 30 days, allowing the livestock operator to kill one wolf. Luckily, no wolves were killed under this permit. 

Finally, earlier this month Oregon Wild and the other 7 stakeholder groups met for the second time to discuss and negotiate changes to the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. Led by a third party facilitator, this meeting showed more signs of progress than previous conversations. While nothing is set in stone yet, it was positive to see the various stakeholders make traction on several key provisions like non-lethal implementation and chronic depredation. Stay tuned as these negotiations continue!

WILDLIFE

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently decided to list the Humboldt (coastal) marten as ‘threatened’ under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). Under the ‘threatened’ status, trapping of the marten is prohibited, making Oregon’s season illegal. This is welcome news, especially since last month the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission denied giving the Humboldt marten state ESA protections.

Meanwhile, the Trump Administration continues to wage war on wildlife, this time, attacking sage grouse protections. Their newest proposal includes cutting protections on nearly 5 million acres of national forests and grasslands in five western states. All of this in service of  expanding loopholes to allow for more dirty energy extraction on the bird’s habitat. For more details, check out the Center for Biological Diversity’s press statement. 

For some much needed comedic relief, here are the winners of the 2018 comedy wildlife photography awards. We hope you enjoy these hilarious photos!

Lastly, enjoy this ringtail captured for Oregon Wild's 2018 photo contest by Drew Watson


 

 

IN THE NEWS

What’s worse than appointing an anti-conservation person to run the Department of Interior? Appointing two anti-conservation people to run the Department. The Trump Administration announced that Karen Budd-Falen will be stepping in as the new deputy solicitor for fish, wildlife, and parks at Interior, joining embattled Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke. Check out this OPB story on the Bundy’s BFF. 

Poaching is a serious problem, especially for our endangered wildlife doing everything they can to survive. 

For a dose of hope, watch this video about SoulRiver: an inspiring organization that Oregon Wild has partnered with to support their mission and advocate for protecting wild places. 

EVENTS

To round out our coastal wildlife education series, please join us in Manzanita on October 24th at the Pine Grove Community House at 5:30pm. Like our other wildlife events, we’ll be discussing lost, imperiled, and recovering native species of the Oregon coast. We hope to see you there! 

Photo Credits: 
Ringtale by Drew Watson