Take Action for Oregon's Wolves This Year

Oregon's Wolves Need Your Help! Wolf Hunting And Trapping Could Start This Year In Oregon. 

Wolves in Oregon: Gray wolves (Canis lupus) were once common in Oregon, occupying most of the state. However, due to a deliberate effort to eradicate the species, wolves were regionally extinct by the late 1940s and remained so for over half a century. After a hard-fought legal settlement, Oregon’s fragile wolf recovery is back on track under the most progressive wolf conservation plan in the country. We now have a population of 110 wolves – however, many of those are isolated in the northeast corner of Oregon. (For more info, click here.)

ESA Status: The Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) is much more protective than the State ESA and supersedes Oregon state law. At the moment, wolves are only federally protected in the western part of Oregon. In 2011, wolves were prematurely stripped of Federal protections in Eastern Oregon.  Subsequently, in 2015, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to remove state ESA protections from wolves across the entire state; a decision which was not supported by conservation organizations nor a majority of scientists.   

Politics: Due to the decision by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and the Fish and Wildlife Commissin to prematurely remove protections from wolves, the only thing left guiding management in the state is the Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan (Wolf Plan). Despite statuatory requirements to update the Plan every five years, ODFW is two years behind schedule, causing uncertainty, confusion, and conflict among stakeholders and the public.     

Unfortunately, the proposed draft revisions include reducing protections and allowing members of the public to hunt and trap wolves; something that a majority of Oregonians do not support. The Wolf Plan has worked best and conflict has been minimized when the language is clear, defensible, transparent, and enforceable and when ODFW prioritizes using non-lethal methods to deter conflict over simply killing wolves. 

Governor Brown needs to step in and ensure we get a Wolf Plan that a majority of Oregonians can support.  

What We Are Doing:  Here at Oregon Wild, we are redoubling our efforts to ensure science and 21st century American conservation values get an equal hearing. We strongly encourage the majority of citizens who value native wildlife to speak as loudly and regularly as those who are stuck in an 19th century mindset. We are currently attending ODFW Commission meetings, testifying at these meetings, writing letters to our elected officials, lobbying legislators, organizing training sessions for community activists, analyzing science, facilitating outreach and conducting media interviews.

We are doing everything we can for wolves, but we cannot do it alone. We need your help!

How You Can Help!

  • Write letters to the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission. Have your kids draw pictures and send in their own letters as well! Include your name and address. (Talking points are below.)
    • Email: odfw.commission@state.or.us
    • Mailing Address: Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Attn: Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE Salem, OR 97302
    • Phone: (503)947-6000
  • Attend and provide comments at the upcoming ODFW Commission meetings. Dates below. Presenting written and/or oral testimony makes a huge difference!
  • Give young people a voice through the Kids Howl Campaign -- submit letters and artwork from young people (K-12th grade) who care about wolves.
    • Include any message, from one sentence to a page that expresses their feelings about wolves. It could be as simple as "I love wolves" or "Please protect our wolves." Anything that comes from their heart.
    • Submissions should be on 8 1/2 x 11 paper -- include name, age, and city
    • Send to: Oregon Wild, c/o Danielle, 5825 N. Greeley Ave., Portland, OR 97217
    • Questions? Contact Joanie Beldin at joanibldn@gmail.com, 503-285-0648
  • Join the Oregon Wild Ones! Oregon Wild Ones offers FREE TRAINING SESSIONS to community members on how to effectively advocate for wolves and other wildlife.

Key Dates: (RSVP by contacting Danielle Moser dm@oregonwild.org)

  • September 15th- ODFW Commission Meeting- Welches, OR
    • ODFW will be providing an update on the revisions to the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan during 'Director's Report'.
    • Note, members of the public will not be able to testify.  This only serves as an update from ODFW to the Commission about the Wolf Plan.
  • Monthly Trainings- Wild Ones Program, Portland and Eugene, OR
    • Oregon Wild activists meet monthly to refine important advocacy skills and take action on various campaigns, like Wolves.
    • To learn more about the trainings and to receive announcements about upcoming events, please sign up here.