We are doing everything in our power to avoid this conflict ending in the death of wolves. Our staff is in contact with biologists and landowners in the area, offering advice on the most effective nonlethal strategies to halt this escalation.

With the grazing season just beginning, we urge all livestock producers to be vigilant with their use of nonlethal methods. These tools are the most effective way to prevent conflicts, and will allow humans, livestock and wolves to coexist on our Oregonian landscape this grazing season and beyond.

 
Quinn Read, Northwest director for Defenders of Wildlife
SALEM, Ore.,
21
June
2018
|
10:35 PM
America/New_York

For Immediate Release

Lethal Removal Ordered on Chesnimnus Wolves

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) issued a lethal removal permit today for the Chesnimnus wolf pack area. The permit allows one wolf to be killed by the private livestock producer. However, ODFW has retained authorization to kill another wolf if there are more depredations.

There were three confirmed livestock depredations – all injured calves – in a three-day period from the same private livestock producer. The current status of the Chesnimnus Pack is unknown. The latest wolf count confirmed three individuals, but there may be new wolves moving into the area.

Quinn Read, Northwest director for Defenders of Wildlife, issued this statement:

“We are doing everything in our power to avoid this conflict ending in the death of wolves. Our staff is in contact with biologists and landowners in the area, offering advice on the most effective nonlethal strategies to halt this escalation.

“With the grazing season just beginning, we urge all livestock producers to be vigilant with their use of nonlethal methods. These tools are the most effective way to prevent conflicts, and will allow humans, livestock and wolves to coexist on our Oregonian landscape this grazing season and beyond.”

Background:

Under the current Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, ODFW can enact lethal removal after two confirmed depredations. Required updates to this plan, including a review of the latest scientific research, is more than two years overdue. This update is mandatory following the delisting of wolves in Oregon. The updated plan will dictate how wolves are managed in Oregon for the next five years, and the latest agency proposal includes problematic provisions for hunting and trapping wolves to address conflict between wolves and livestock or other ungulates.

The area where these depredations occurred is in a very remote, hot and rattlesnake-occupied area. There is limited access to water besides the creek where these depredations occurred.

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