June Wolf Pack Update
Over the last few months, we’ve seen enormous support for wolf conservation!
As you know, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is revising the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan that will set policies for the state for the next five years (You can learn what is at stake in these revisions by watching our online presentation). In addition to providing thousands of comments to state officials, we’ve also seen strong in-person turnout from across the state at the most recent meetings in Klamath Falls and Portland in support of wolf conservation.
While wolf conservation opponents made several scientifically baseless claims and advocated that Oregon look to Idaho’s bloody and controversial management practices as a guide, wildlife supporters stood up for science and policies that would prevent conflict.
Wildlife officials will meet next June 8th in Salem to discuss potential changes to the plan. This meeting will be open to the public, but public testimony will not be accepted. There is not currently a date set to vote on adopting a revised wolf plan.
In much sadder news, wildlife officials confirmed the death of wolf OR42 in NE Oregon. ODFW reports that a forensic examination "did not identify a cause of death and no foul play is suspected at this time. However, it is still under investigation and additional laboratory tests are being conducted."
Adding to this tragedy is that OR42 is suspected to have been the breeding female of the Chesnimnus Pack, dropping the known breeding pairs in Oregon from 8 to 7, down from 11 the previous year.
Wildlife Services Funding
The debate over state funding for Wildlife Services, the federal agency responsible for the unintentional killing of OR48, continues in the Oregon legislature. Wildlife Services has been a controversial agency for decades, and is well known for management policies that endanger not only wildlife, but the public and pets. Funding for the agency was stripped in Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s budget, but some lawmakers have worked to reinstate the funding with weak caveats that the agency not use state money for M44 cyanide bombs.
You can contact members of the Oregon Ways and Means Committee to help keep this taxpayer funding out of the final budget.
Crater Lake Wolf Rendezvous
We’ll soon be announcing dates and details for the annual Crater Lake Wolf Rendezvous! These exciting, multiday trips are a unique opportunity to experience Oregon wolf country and learn from advocates, biologists, and those who share the landscape with wolves. The 2017 Wallowa Wolf Rendezvous filled up quickly, but you can sign up here to be first to know when spots for the Crater Lake Rendezvous become available.
And speaking of wolves around Crater Lake, the main photo for this article is a new trailcam photo of OR-7 - Journey - whose Rogue Pack frequents the area was released by the US Fish and Wildlife Service!