Conservation groups announced today a $16,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction for the illegal shooting death of a two-year-old collared female wolf in Wallowa County in early January. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Turn in Poachers (TIP) division also offers a potential $300 reward for information regarding illegal wolf killings.
Previous administration illegally removed wolves from the Endangered Species Act
Response to outgoing administration removing Endangered Species Act protections from the gray wolf
Today, six environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration’s rule that removed Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for gray wolves in the lower-48 states except for a small population of Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made its decision despite the science that concludes wolves are still functionally extinct in the vast majority of their former range across the continental U.S.
New rule removes the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act, halting wolf recovery
Today the Trump administration finalized a rule removing protections for all gray wolves in the lower-48 states except for a small population of Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made its decision despite the fact that wolves are still functionally extinct in the vast majority of their former range across the continental U.S.
Sadly, on the verge of Wolf Awareness Week (which is next week), we received news that an Oregon wolf in the Wallowa Whitman National Forest was illegally killed. Poaching remains one of the biggest challenges for wolf recovery, and the culture by some hunting groups not to decry it leads to a culture of permissiveness. Until poaching of carnivores is universally condemned, getting justice will continue to be an uphill battle.
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On April 15th, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) released their annual wolf report. As usual the agency put a positive spin on their program, but unlike recent years, the news was legitimately generally positive. In 2019, the state did not kill wolves, the wolf population grew, and conflict with livestock decreased. Those are outcomes we've been fighting for for years.