The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is planning on killing two
more wolves from the Imnaha pack because of supposed livestock
predation. This would reduce the pack size down to only two wolves! It
would leave only the alpha female and a pup born in spring. This is
could effectively destroy the pack altogether.
The ODFW is responding to pressure from the state's ranching and
livestock industries, not sound science or ecological knowledge. The
ODFW needs to be held accountable!
Call and email these contacts and demand that wolves be protected, not
- (503) 947-6000 or (800) 720-ODFW 
ODFW's Public Service Representative
Roy Elicker: ODFW Director
- (503) 947-6044
Ron Anglin: Division Administrator
- (503) 947-6312
Eric Rickerson: Deputy Administrator
- (503) 947-6311
Liz Dreith: Operations Program Manager
- (503) 947-6304
Michelle Tate: Assistant Operations Manager
- (503) 947-6315
Peter Moore: Wildlife Restoration Coordinator
- (503) 947-6316
Nancy Breuner: Wildlife Area Operations Coordinator
- (541) 633-1111
Art Martin: Acting Conservation Program Manager
- (503) 947-6082
Martin Nugent: Threatened and Endangered/Sensitive Species Coordinator
- (503) 947-6309
"ODFW to kill two more Imnaha pack wolves
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife staff will kill two wolves from
the Imnaha pack after confirming they were involved in another livestock
The two wolves that will be targeted are the alpha male and an
uncollared wolf in the pack. Data from the alpha male's GPS collar
confirm he was at the scene where the calf was killed earlier this week.
Removing two wolves will reduce the size of Imnaha pack to two---the
adult/alpha female and a pup born in spring 2011. Other wolves from the
Imnaha pack moved to new areas earlier this year.
"Today's decision was not made lightly," said ODFW Director Roy Elicker.
"We're working hard to conserve wolves in Oregon, yet be sensitive to
the losses suffered by livestock owners."
Yesterday's investigation brings to 14 the number of livestock animals
confirmed to be killed by the Imnaha pack in the past year and a half.
ODFW or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed seven losses this year
(two in February, and on April 30, May 4 and 17, June 5, and Sept. 22)
and seven last year.
The 2011 losses are repeating a pattern similar to 2010, when the Imnaha
pack wolves killed livestock April through early June and again in the
fall (September). An additional two losses were determined to be
probable wolf kills by this pack, including one on Sept. 7, 2011.
ODFW assumed responsibility for wolf management in the eastern third of
Oregon May 5, 2011, after wolves in this area were delisted from the
federal Endangered Species Act. After four confirmed livestock losses in
spring 2011, ODFW killed two wolves from the Imnaha pack in mid-May.
Under the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, ODFW kills wolves after
chronic livestock depredation.
Yesterday's investigation scene showed clear evidence of a wolf attack.
The large spring calf had been dead less than two days, yet was almost
completely consumed, suggesting the entire pack had fed on it. The alpha
female was observed near the investigation site the following day, and
GPS collar data indicates the alpha male was with her at the time.
This latest confirmed depredation occurred in the same area where
livestock losses had been confirmed in May and June 2011, on private
property with livestock operations near Joseph.
Landowners in this area have been using numerous non-lethal measures to
avoid wolf-livestock problems."