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.

Oregon Wolf Illegally Killed in Montana

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced that OR-18 a wolf originally collared as a member of Oregon’s Snake River Pack was found illegally killed in the Burnt Fork area of the Bitterroot Valley, east of Stevensville, MT late last week. Anyone with information about the poaching is encouraged to call 1-800-TIP-MONT. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a monetary reward for providing information leading to a conviction.

Conservationists Celebrate Confirmation of Pups for OR-7 & Mate

The conservation group Oregon Wild joined wildlife appreciators around the world in cheering the news that Oregon’s famous wandering wolf (known as OR7 or Journey) indeed has pups. Photos of two pups peeking out from under a log confirmed the May 12th announcement that OR7 had been exhibiting signs of denning and a wolf that appeared to be a female had been photographed nearby.

Below is a statement from Rob Klavins, Northeast Oregon Field Coordinator for Oregon Wild:

Keeping Wolves Alive in Oregon

Oregon's Minam wolf pack is relatively new on the scene and, like most Oregon packs, has not come into conflict with humans or their livestock.

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