September Wildlife Update
Celebrate Oregon's wildlands and wildlife!
It’s almost that time of the year again, Oregon Wild’s annual Call of the Wild benefit! Please join us on October 12th in Portland for our camping-inspired event. It’s because of members and supporters like you that we can do this critical work of protecting our state’s wildlands, wildlife, and waters.
In case you missed it, on August 27th, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs confirmed two wolf pups on their reservation via trail camera. These pups are the first known wolves to be born in the Mt. Hood region in over 70 years.
Another successful Crater Lake Wolf Rendezvous in the books! Last week, Oregon Wild staff took a group of members to Rogue pack territory to explore, hike, and learn. We heard from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, John Stephenson, met a local rancher, and spent time understanding what wolf recovery in the Crater Lake area looks like. Don’t miss your chance next year to attend a wolf rendezvous!
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission continues to disappoint. At their September hearing, Commissioners flouted their obligation to safeguard Oregon’s wildlife by denying conservation groups’ petition to list the imperiled Humboldt (coastal) marten as endangered. With fewer than 200 individuals, coastal martens are at high risk of going extinct without more protections. For perspective, the California Fish and Wildlife Commission recently voted (unanimously) to grant the coastal marten state endangered species protections. Oregon’s blatant disregard of the coastal marten’s needs underscores the importance of appointing individuals to the Commission who will represent our state’s values in protecting wildlife and natural resources.
Oregon Wild joined Predator Defense, scientists, affected individuals and many others to ask Wildlife Services to ban the use of M-44 cyanide devices in Oregon. Last year an M-44 bomb killed wolf OR48 in Wallowa County. These devices are indiscriminate, and not only kill wildlife, but have also killed dogs and harmed humans. Oregon is the only state in the Pacific Northwest that actively uses them. Let’s put an end to it.
IN THE NEWS
This is troubling. Especially with the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission’s recent decisions around imperiled species, deferring to the states would not be advantageous.
On the brighter side, here’s an article about the positive effect wolves in Yellowstone are having on the ecosystem.
For those in the Lincoln City area on Wednesday, September 26th, be sure to stop by our Lost and Imperiled Species of the Oregon Coast event at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.
There are only a few days left to submit a comment to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about their new proposed rules to undermine the integrity of the Endangered Species Act. Please speak up and let them know that this bedrock environmental law will not be compromised!