July Wolf Update - Meet Me at the Beach!

By Stephanie Taylor, Wildlife Advocate
 
The most impactful thing anyone can do for Oregon’s wolves is to speak up. Sometimes that means writing letters or meeting with legislators. Sometimes it means going to the beach.
 

Rendezvous Reflections in Rhyme!

As it has been for most of history, Oregon is once again wolf country. Even so, they and other native hunters are seen by many as novel or – worse – as dangerous forces lurking on the edge of sanitized civilization.

The first ever Wolf Rendezvous poem thanks to Linda Farmer of Eugene:

A Wild Week for Wolves

Oh, what a difference a week can make! Below is an update full of the good and bad of what was a wild week for wolf recovery. Give it a read, but please also take the time to help us build support for wolf conservation by signing and sharing this petition.

Oregon Announces Wolf Recovery Numbers

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) updated the state’s known wolf population for 2014. The Agency confirmed at least 77 wolves in 9 packs in the state. That includes 26 pups less than a year old. Even as the population grew, livestock losses to wolves decreased as the state continued to focus on conservation and non-lethal conflict prevention.

Oregon’s Wolf Management Enters Phase II

Oregon’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announced today that wildlife biologists documented seven breeding pairs of Oregon in 2014, automatically triggering Phase II of the state’s wolf management plan. This announcement also means the state will begin the process to consider removing gray wolves from Oregon’s List of Endangered Species.

New Wolf Confirmed in Southwestern Oregon

Today, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife released confirmation of a new gray wolf in the Keno Unit in the southwest Cascades. The confirmation is based on a partial photo of a wolf on a trailcam and reports of tracks over time, first noted in December.

A New Year for Oregon's Wolves

A look at the year that was – and will be – for wolf recovery and wildlife conservation in Oregon.

Study: Killing wolves means more livestock attacks

GRANTS PASS, Ore. –  Scientists have found that, contrary to what many people think, killing wolves does not always reduce attacks on livestock.

Researchers at Washington State University found that for every wolf killed in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming over the past 25 years, there was a 5 percent increase in the sheep and cattle killed the next year. Livestock kills only started going down after overall wolf numbers were reduced by more than 25 percent.

Overshare?

Oregon, Washington, and California are all considering proposals to share wolf location data with the livestock industry. Is it a good idea or dangerous precedent?

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