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.


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?

ODFW Commission Considers Changes to Oregon Wolf Plan

On Friday, October 10th, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) Commission will discuss three extremely consequential wolf issues. Below, please find important information and statements from Oregon Wild regarding this meeting and the Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. Meeting materials from the agency may be found at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/.

Where wolf? There. Wolf?

We live in an age where the answer to any question is no further away than the widget in your pocket. We’re bombarded by websites, articles, and videos promising to show us “the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen”…and they often deliver.

In such a world, I’ve become fond of saying “it’s nice that there’s a little mystery left in the world.”

Earlier this summer during the Oregon Wild Wolf Rendezvous, that conviction was put to the test.

Oregon Wild's 5th Annual Wolf Rendezvous

Wolf tracks observed during Oregon Wild's 5th Annual Wolf Rendezvous

By Danica Swenson, Oregon Wild's 2014 Wildlife Intern

A young Oregonian asks: Should wolves be taken off the endangered species list?

Eleanor Solomon -- 9th grade student at Riverdale High School

I’m Eleanor Solomon, and I’m a 9th grader at Riverdale High School. I am a part-time intern at Oregon Wild, and I care deeply about wildlife. The wildlife that are struggling to survive have no hope against hunters, poachers, and just ordinary human beings, so it’s our job to stand up for them and protect them. This month, as my first post, I have decided to write about gray wolves being taken off the endangered species list.

Oregonians Help OR-7 Celebrate Father's Day by Asking for Permanent Protection

Just in time for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 15, Oregon’s wolves made history. The famous wandering wolf, OR-7 (known as Journey), became a father. Spotted in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, this is the first time pups have been recorded in western Oregon in nearly a century. The news shows that, with protections, Oregon’s wolf recovery can stay on track.

A happy, howling Father's Day!

On this Father's Day, Oregon has a special new father to congratulate and welcome: OR-7, a lone wolf no longer, now a proud papa.

OR-7 - Wolves come full circle

OR-7 has touched many lives. His journey (pun intended) across the state has inspired a movie, an expedition, and even art! The news around wildlife and wolves can be pretty grim so we're always glad to have reason to celebrate. After eliminating wolves from Oregon, they are once again beginning to retake their place on the landscape in what remains a fragile recovery.


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