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Ranchers Grow Frustrated by Wolf Regulations

posted Jun 9, 2018, 1:32 PM by chloe owens

5/8/2018, by Stephen Floyd, Mail Tribune

Ranchers grow frustrated by wolf regulations

Local ranchers want to know more about fighting back against wolves and less about coexisting with them. They voiced their frustrations during a session hosted at the Klamath County Fairgrounds, which was meant to educate residents about nonlethal wolf deterrents and how the predators affect the health and behavior of livestock…Tom Collom, with Oregon Fish and Wildlife, said federal delisting would not automatically mean ranchers could kill wolves. He said the state would still manage wolf populations and, in areas where wolf packs are numerous, Oregon is currently allowing kills only in instances of chronic livestock killings. Collom said future wolf management policy could allowed limited takes but no such policy is currently being considered. That news was frustrating for many attendees at the seminar, who believe they are being forced to live with wolves by policymakers who have no understanding of or investment in livestock production. Suzy Watkins, of Chiloquin, asked Willy why wolves were reintroduced to the U.S. to begin with. Willy said it was the result of programs created through the Endangered Species Act allowing for repopulation programs. “The point is to reintroduce those animals back into the landscape,” said Willy.