Conservationists Cheer News of OR-7 Mate, Pups

The conservation group Oregon Wild cheered today’s release of trail camera images and GPS collar data that indicate OR-7, Oregon’s famous wandering wolf, may have found a mate.  The new data, provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), also hints at the tantalizing possibility that OR-7 and his possible mate are exhibiting denning behavior, and may have pups.

One Bullet Kills an Entire Pack

Wolf 755M (right) was the alpha male of the Lamar Canyon Pack seen here with 889F (left) the fourth wolf with whom he has tried to restart a pack after his mate was shot and killed outside Yellowstone Nat'l Park.

Wolf 755M (right) was the alpha male of the Lamar Canyon Pack seen here with 889F (left) the fourth wolf with whom he has tried to restart a pack after his mate was shot and killed outside Yellowstone Nat'l Park.

Nearly 500,000 More Americans Speak Out Against Federal Plan to Strip Wolves of Protections

More than 460,000 Americans filed official comments calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to scrap its controversial proposal to remove federal protections from the gray wolf and instead work to advance wolf recovery in the United States. A scientific peer review released in early February 2014 unanimously concluded that a federal plan to drop protections for most gray wolves was not based on the best available science.

Keeping the Wild

By whatever name he’s known, the story of Journey (OR-7) has captured imaginations around the world. It’s but a chapter in the broader story of wolf recovery. And like that bigger story, the end is uncertain. As a number of news outlets have recently noted, the battery that has powered the collar that made Journey famous just outlived its life expectancy.

Any day now, the battery that has sent signals to a satellite and back down to earth may fail; leaving a collared wolf - unconcerned with his name or what people think of him - to continue on with his day-to-day life.

Creating a World of Wolf Haters

Even as the wolf was being cruelly hunted into extinction, humans did something only Homo sapiens can do: We kept the wolf feared, hated,and alive in literature - especially children's stories.

Wolf Rendezvous - The Present and Future of Oregon Wolves

By Rick Lamplugh

When Mary and I arrived at the Joseph, Oregon rendezvous site, we joined others in pitching our tent in the backyard of a rustic, rental house, its brown paint faded by the weather. From the yard we had a view through the pines of the tip of nearby Mt. Joseph and the distant Zumwalt Prairie.

Settlement Reached in Wolf Legal Fight

After seventeen months of grueling negotiations, conservationists, Governor John Kitzhaber, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW), and the livestock industry have reached a compromise settlement agreement that resolves a long-running legal battle over wolf conservation in Oregon.

Oregon Wild Statement on Proposal to Strip Protections from Gray Wolves

Several sources have reported the Obama administration is proposing a rule to remove endangered species protections from wolves across most of the lower-48 United States.

The proposed rule has yet to hit the federal register, but has already drawn strong criticism from prominent conservationists and scientists around the country. The proposal would affect the western two-thirds of Oregon where only one wolf (Journey / OR-7) is known to live.

Below is the statement of Rob Klavins, Wildlife Advocate for Oregon Wild:

Will the Real Conservationists Please Stand Up?

I am – quite literally – a card-carrying wildlife advocate (it's my job title). Though not everyone is as big a wildlife geek as I, I'm comfortable knowing I stand with the vast majority of Americans in valuing native wildlife.

I'm lucky to spend my days working to protect the wildlands, wildlife, and waters that play an irreplaceable role in maintaining our quality of life.

I just wish part of my job wasn't necessary.

One Thousand Wolves Killed In Western United States

The conservation group Oregon Wild is announcing that over 1,000 wolves have been legally killed for sport in the Western United States since they were stripped of federal protections in a 2011 congressional budget deal. At the time, the estimated wolf population in the region was between 1,700 and 2,000 animals.


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