By Beth Krynick
At one time, gray wolves inhabited much of Oregon. Unfortunately, by the late 1940s, a very deliberate campaign had eradicated this iconic species from the state.
It would be more than a half a century before gray wolves would return in earnest. However, before wolves showed up on their own, the US Fish and Wildlife Service had actually considered a plan to translocate them back into the state. A spring of 1984 Wild Oregon newsletter features a summary of the proposal to re-introduce wolves along with a list of potential sites.