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Endangered Wolves. Invasive Wolves?

posted Sep 4, 2017, 10:16 PM by chloe owens

8/10/17, by Camilla Mortensen, Eugene Weekly

Endangered Wolves. Invasive Wolves?

The Aug. 3 announcement by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife that it plans to kill two wolves from the Harl Butte Pack in Wallowa County on Oregon’s east side elicited howls of anger and dismay from wolf advocates as well as complaints from ranchers who wanted to see the entire pack wiped out. Meanwhile in the lawsuit over the state’s decision to strip wolves of their endangered species status, local conservation group Cascadia Wildlands chalked up a win when the court ruled that the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and Oregon Farm Bureau could not amend their legal brief to add the argument that wolves are an invasive, rather than endangered, species…Asked if the argument that wolves were invasive opens the door to the idea that cows are invasive, Jerome Rosa of the OCA [OR Cattlemen’s Assn] says, “Cattle are not an invasive species, and that’s the most bogus thing I ever heard.”… The Harl Butte pack hunts on both public and private lands.