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Oregon Faces Cultural Divide Over Protections for Wolves

posted Jan 29, 2016, 4:26 PM by chloe owens

11/7/15, by Gosia Wozniacka, Associated Press

Oregon faces cultural divide over protections for wolves

With 81 adult gray wolves now calling Oregon home, wildlife officials last week recommended taking them off the state’s list of protected animals. They’ll vote on the recommendation on Monday. Oregon has been considered a model for wolf management, due to its emphasis on non-lethal methods to deter the animals from killing livestock. But the prospect of relaxed protections is pitting ranchers who want more leeway to kill wolves against environmentalists who say their low population does not come even close to recovery.