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Rift Exposed Among Oregon Leaders on Wolf Protections

posted Jun 30, 2019, 7:50 PM by chloe owens

5/15/2019, by Andrew Selsky, SFGate

Rift exposed among Oregon leaders on wolf protections

Slapping down a stance taken by the director of Oregon's wildlife department, Gov. Kate Brown declared Wednesday that the state and its agencies oppose the federal government's proposal to take the gray wolf off the endangered species list…"The state of Oregon and its agencies do not support the delisting of wolves from the federal Endangered Species Act across their range in the 48 contiguous states," Brown wrote. She said she notified the wildlife department that the conclusion that Oregon or its agencies support delisting the wolf "is incorrect." The wolf issue exposed conflicting views on how much protection is needed for wolves, which are starting to make a comeback. It also showed an apparent lack of coordination among top state officials on the issue. The director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, or ODFW, is appointed by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, whose seven members are appointed by the governor.