Oregon Wolf Recovery Updates
Updates on Oregon Wolf Recovery
- October-December - Summary not complete, click here for all the most recent news including all of 2013.
- September - The Pacific Wolf Coalition calls on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services for additional public hearings on its proposal to strip wolves of federal protections.
- July/August - Summary not complete, click here for all the most recent news including July/August, 2013.
- June - The Obama administration proposes stripping Oregon's wolves of basic federal protection. Meanwhile, a historic agreement between conservationists, the livestock industry and State moves forward. OR-19 dies of parvovirus. The Oregon Wild Wolf Rendezvous gets more attention.
- April/May - Summary not complete, click here for all the most recent news including April/May 2013
- March - Journey (OR-7) returns to Oregon. Oregon gets national attention as the only state with a meaningful wolf population that didn't kill them. The results are positive for those who want to see recovery and less conflict. A pup is accidentally trapped and released, and ODFW reduced its official wolf population estimate due to double counting and new DNA evidence.
- January/February - Summary not complete, click here for all the most recent news including January/February 2013
- December - New coalition of education, conservation, and advocacy organizations announced as wildlife appreciators celebrate the one-year anniversary of Journey's arrival in California.
- September - While conflict over wolf killing and livestock operators continue in Washington, Oregon wolf recovery gets renewed national attention and some good news.
- August - Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife confirms new packs and pups and releases video of a Snake River Pack pup howling to its pack. Conservationists call for continued protections for recovering wolves in the Pacific Northwest. California considers further state protections while it's lone wolf (Journey) displays some interesting behavior. Meanwhile Washington state begins killing wolves, but it's not enough for some livestock managers.
- June - Oregon Wild announces third annual Wolf Rendezvous. State quietly confirms at least four pups in two different packs. Meanwhile, led by local conservationists, another positive wolf billboard goes up in Oregon's wolf country.
- May - California Department of Fish & Game gets the first color photo of the world's most famous wolf and share stories of his journey. Meanwhile, conservation groups in Oregon question state support of anti-wolf event featuring some of the most radical anti-wolf voices in the country just days after yet another likely criminal poaching was announced. Already high elk numbers are up in Oregon's wolf country.
- March - Conservationists celebrate defeat of the most recent misguided wolf kill bill brought by the Oregon Cattlemen's Association!
- February - Oregon Cattlemen's Association introduce another wolf kill bill that declares a state of emergency, circumvents state Endangered Species Act, and fast tracks killing of wolves including Journey's home pack - the Imnaha (read our public testimony and a letter from 21 conservation groups opposing the bill) Meanwhile his sibling is illegally killed in Idaho. Journey's story continues to draw international attention to wolf recovery and helps make the case for protecting wilderness.
- January - As expected, the Oregon Cattlemen's Association and anti-wildlife interests teamed up with their political allies to introduce yet another wolf
kill bill. On the same day, that Oregon Wild announced the winners in the kids naming and art contest for the wolf known as Journey, the first known photo of the history-making wolf from the Imnaha Pack surfaced in the Medford Mail Tribune.
- December - After a historic journey, OR-7 becomes the first wolf in California in 87 years. Meanwhile, the naming and art contest draws international attention. Washington finalizes a wolf plan, wolves are delisted in the Great Lakes while slaughter continues elsewhere in the west. Anti-wolf activists attack a successful local business in Northeast Oregon while other wolf-tourism outfits thrive. Meanwhile Oregon's well-intentioned wolf compensation program could be derailed by the same forces.
- November - Conservationists cheer as Oregon confirms the first wolf west of the Cascades since 1947. An education campaign and contest is announced for the historic wolf - OR7. Meanwhile, in eastern Oregon livestock industry activists and wolf haters fight local business embracing ecotourism
- October - Oregon confirms a fourth wolf pack after Oregon Wild and conservation partners went to court in defense of wolves. Almost immediately a judge ordered an end to the state-sanctioned hunt for 2 of Oregon's 14 endangered wolves. As the state spins the killing program, a national publication asks if wolves are still facing a firing squad.
September - ODFW approves kill order for Imnaha Pack & a frustrated public responds. Wolf eco-tourism receives positive attention while anti-wildlife interests continue to whip up controversy. Meanwhile wolf hunts begin in Idaho and Montana.
August - Oregon Wild leads second ever Wolf Rendezvous to great reviews. New compensation bill receives mixed reviews. Wildlife killing fund flies under the radar. ODFW confirms a single wolf pup (video) as others disperse. Washington finalizes a conservation plan.
- July - New research underscores important role of wolves & other predators. A wolf pack with pups is confirmed in the Washington Cascades and a final anti-wildlife bill slips under the radar in Salem.