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Hunting Wolves

posted Mar 8, 2017, 9:12 PM by chloe owens

2/16/17, The Register-Guard

Hunting Wolves

Wolves are once again in the state’s crosshairs with a new proposal that could allow the public to hunt “problem wolves.” The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says it’s only considering what it calls a more cost-effective way to deal with wolves that attack livestock or cause a big decline in game such as elk. Its proposal would allow members of the public to obtain permits to kill wolves that, ODFW says, state employees would otherwise have to kill...environmental groups are on high alert — and for good reason…Today, there are about 150 wolves in Oregon — about 10 percent of the number the state can support and not enough to ensure long-term survival of the species, according to environmentalists. The existing wolves occupy only 12 percent of suitable wolf habitat…The cattle industry, by and large, loathes wolves, and has made four efforts in five years to weaken or remove protection for them