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Gov. Kate Brown Signs Bill Blocking Legal Review of Gray Wolf Protections

posted Jun 24, 2016, 3:13 PM by chloe owens

3/15/16, by Kelly House, The Oregonian

Gov. Kate Brown signs bill blocking legal review of gray wolf protections

…Supporters of House Bill 4040 originally touted the measure as little more than a symbolic thumbs up to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission’s November decision to delist gray wolves. But as the legislative session wore on, it became clear the bill was aimed at blocking a lawsuit that challenged the delisting…Brown urged parties in the wolf debate to use an upcoming review of the state’s wolf management plan as an opportunity to “look to the future instead of the past.” Noting that she also signed a bill increasing penalties for poaching wolves and other wildlife, Brown said with or without protections, wolves in Oregon are likely to continue to grow more numerous and expand their territory.