Ranchers in Wallowa County have been
issued kill permits for public and private land, despite the fact
only 2 cases of livestock depredation have been confirmed, and that no
collared wolves were recorded in the vicinity of either loss. These
attacks took place in the territory of the Imnaha pack, of which
B300, an Idaho wolf, is the alpha female. She has pups now. She has never
been blamed for killing stock, yet because she is collared, she is
most likely to be killed.
Technically, ranchers may only shoot wolves observed attacking livestock, but the permits are overseen by the local Wildlife Services office which is markedly hostile to wolves, and which has been involved in controversy with the ODFW over their wholly uncritical wolf depredation investigations, in which they take the rancher's side without demur. The level of media hysteria in Wallowa County and the repeated calls to kill wolves illegally means the ranchers with these kill permits are encouraged to hunt down and slaughter the wolves illegally. The ODFW has released the locations of the wolf den and the traveling habits of the wolves. Ranchers have the radio collar frequencies of the wolves and the ODFW has given them the receivers with which to track them down.
This will be a slaughter of our wolves by some of the most avidly anti-wildlife people in Oregon, and it is unjustified by the circumstances.
Contact the ODFW Commission at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact the ODFW Director at: Ronald.E.Anglin@state.or.us
Contact your legislators, spread the word around.
Wolves could be dying right now.