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Lethal Wolf Take Lands ODFW in Hot Water on Both Sides

posted Sep 4, 2017, 10:26 PM by chloe owens

8/23/17, by Steve Tool, Wallowa County Chieftain

Lethal wolf take lands ODFW in hot water on both sides

Fulfilling the predictions of ranchers and the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, the Harl Butte Wolf Pack struck again on Aug. 16, a week after the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s lethal removal of two wolves from the pack. The lethal removal was intended to change the behavior of the pack, which had recently inflicted losses on ranchers in the Harl Butte area, including a pair of killings on July 28 and July 22. Local ranchers had requested that the department eliminate the entire pack. Arran Robertson, communications director of conservation group Oregon Wild, said the ODFW’s response to the depredations is a bad choice. Oregon Wild and 17 other conservation groups recently zipped off a letter to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown detailing a number of complaints. Among other things, the groups accused ODFW of a lack of transparency, kowtowing to ranchers by not insisting on more verified nonlethal action to reduce depredations and foot-dragging to complete a two-years-overdue Wolf Management Plan revision.