Take Action for Oregon's Wolves This Year

Oregon's Wolves Need Your Help! Wolf Hunting And Trapping Could Start This Year In Oregon. 

Wolves in Oregon: Gray wolves (Canis lupus) were once common in Oregon, occupying most of the state. However, due to a deliberate effort to eradicate the species, wolves were regionally extinct by the late 1940s and remained so for over half a century. After a hard-fought legal settlement, Oregon’s fragile wolf recovery is back on track under the most progressive wolf conservation plan in the country. We now have a population of 110 wolves – however, many of those are isolated in the northeast corner of Oregon. (For more info, click here.)

ESA Status: The Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) is much more protective than the State ESA and trumps Oregon state law. At the moment, wolves are only federally protected in the western part of Oregon.   In 2011, wolves were stripped of Federal protections in Eastern Oregon and addtionally stripped of State protections in 2015. 

Politics: Though Oregon’s Wolf Management Plan is working for all but the most anti-wolf interests, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) is reigniting old conflicts by caving to political pressure and giving serious consideration to weakening basic protections for wolves, allowing ranchers the flexibility to shoot them if they are believed to be posing a threat to livestock. Despite an increase in Oregon’s wolf population, depredation incidents have actually decreased. Nationwide, wolves were responsible for less livestock deaths than domestic dogs or vultures, with only 3.7% of livestock losses to predators blamed on wolves. The biggest livestock killer in the US is not a predator, it is respiratory disease and other illnesses.

This year, the ODFW Commission is expected to revise the Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, which could reduce protections and make it easier for members of the public to hunt and trap wolves.  

In Salem, another legislative session is under way, and anti-wolf interest groups are lobbying hard for legislation to remove protections for wolves.

What We Are Doing:  Here at Oregon Wild, we are redoubling our efforts to ensure science and 21st century American conservation values get an equal hearing. We strongly encourage the majority of citizens who value native wildlife to speak as loudly and regularly as those who are stuck in an 19th century mindset. We are currently attending ODFW Commission meetings, testifying at these meetings, writing letters to our elected officials, lobbying legislators, organizing training sessions for community activists, analyzing science, facilitating outreach and conducting media interviews.

We are doing everything we can for wolves, but we cannot do it alone. We need your help!

How You Can Help!

  • Write letters to the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission. Have your kids draw pictures and send in their own letters as well! Include your name and address. (Talking points are below.)
    • Email: odfw.commission@state.or.us
    • Mailing Address: Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Attn: Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE Salem, OR 97302
    • Phone: (503)947-6000
  • Attend and provide comments at the upcoming ODFW Commission meetings. Dates below. Presenting written and/or oral testimony makes a huge difference!
  • Give young people a voice through the Kids Howl Campaign -- submit letters and artwork from young people (K-12th grade) who care about wolves.
    • Include any message, from one sentence to a page that expresses their feelings about wolves. It could be as simple as "I love wolves" or "Please protect our wolves." Anything that comes from their heart.
    • Letters/artwork will be submitted to the ODFW Commission for their April 24th meeting.
    • Submissions should be on 8 1/2 x 11 paper -- include name, age, and city
    • Submission deadling: April 21st (just in time for Earth Day)
    • Send to: Oregon Wild, c/o Danielle, 5825 N. Greeley Ave., Portland, OR 97217
    • Questions? Contact Joanie Beldin at joanibldn@gmail.com, 503-285-0648
  • Join the Oregon Wild Ones! Oregon Wild Ones offers FREE TRAINING SESSIONS to community members on how to effectively advocate for wolves and other wildlife.

Key Dates: (RSVP by contacting Danielle Moser dm@oregonwild.org)

  • March 14th - Oregon Wild Ones Training: Writing and Submitting Public Comments
    • Migration Brewing, 2828 NE Glisan, Portland
    • This training will provide you with the necessary tools to write effective public comments on the wolf plan. 
  • April 21st- ODFW Commission Meeting- Klamath Falls, OR
    • ODFW will be unveiling revisions to the Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan
    • Action item: Prepare and give oral testimony on the wolf plan. 

Talking Points:

  • Oregon's identity is largely based on its commitment to conservation. Wildlife is an important part of that.
  • I value wolves and other native wildlife.
  • Killing wolves should be an option of last resort.
  • I oppose hunting and trapping wolves. 
  • Oregon's wolves are a long way from a meaningful recovery.
  • Follow the science, follow the value's of the majority of Oregonians and oppose any considerations to allow hunting and trapping. 

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