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Proposed Plan Outlines When Oregon Can Kill a Wolf

posted May 12, 2019, 10:40 PM by chloe owens

4/16/2019, by April Ehrlich, JPR

Proposed Plan Outlines When Oregon Can Kill a Wolf

…Under current regulations, a wolf that commits two depredations — livestock attacks — within any period of time is a "chronic depredator." That’s when state officials could consider killing it. This draft proposal limits the definition of "chronic" to two attacks within nine months. Sristi Kamal from Defenders of Wildlife says those guidelines are still too strict. “Two in nine months of anything cannot be defined as chronic,” Kamal said. “You could take an example from any other sector and you would not define two instances of anything as being chronic, so why is it applicable here?”… Roger Huffman with the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association says the current proposal isn’t strict enough. He disagreed with the state putting a nine-month cap on when a wolf is considered a chronic depredator.