Help Wanted: Job Opening For Wolf Pack

Apparently they have an elk problem in Coos Bay, Oregon. 

Twenty or so Roosevelt Elk have set up home there and are doing quite a bit of damage to property. Sounds like they need to call in the wolves!!

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Gray Wolves: 

Job opening in Oregon near Coos Bay. The elk are overrunning the area and destroying property.  

All interested wolf packs may apply. 

Management skills a plus. Thank you.

*not an official ODFW ad…lol

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From Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Limit Elk Damage To Your Property 

The city of Coos Bay is currently dealing with a large population of elk making their home both in the Pony Creek municipal watershed and Mingus Park. These elk are also causing damage to private property and ODFW has some advice for homeowners.

Elk follow their food, so taking away their food source – your lawn, favorite flowers and shrubs – will help send them elsewhere. Here are a few ways to protect your landscaping.

Elk follow their food, so taking away their food source – your lawn, favorite flowers and shrubs – will help send them elsewhere. Here are a few ways to protect your landscaping.

he city of Coos Bay is currently dealing with a large population of elk making their home both in the Pony Creek municipal watershed and Mingus Park. These elk are also causing damage to private property and ODFW has some advice for homeowners.

Fencing

The best elk deterrent is a seven-foot fence around your property.

Wrap ornamental plants with plastic netting

This will keep elk from browsing on your plants.

Big Game Repellent

Since fencing can be expensive to install, big game repellents may also be useful in reducing damage to your property. Many repellents are environmentally friendly but water soluble so they need to be reapplied after significant rain. A variety of commercial products are available at garden shops, nurseries, florists and on the Internet. Examples include Deer Away, Plantskydd and Liquid Fence.

Motion-activated Sprinklers

Motion-activated sprinklers aggressively spray water in short bursts when an animal walks into the field of the sprinkler’s electronic eye, scaring the animal away. They are most effective when moved around the yard periodically so approaching animals are kept off-guard. Sprinklers such as the Scarecrow and Spray Away are available at garden shops and on Internet sites such as Amazon.com.

Deer and Elk-resistant Landscaping

Take advantage of the many deer and elk-resistant plants available at local nurseries. There are a wide variety of ornamental shrubs, flowers, plants and trees that deer and elk find unpalatable. Ask your local nursery or check ODFW’s Web site (see below) for a general guide to these plants.

http://www.coosbay.org/documents/ElkDamageFlyerFinal.pdf

 Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 

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Elk herd makes itself at home in Coos Bay park

http://www.katu.com/news/weird/41064047.html

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This story is obviously a little dated but it makes a good point for wolves in Oregon.  Seems there’s plenty of elk.  I wonder if the Imnaha Pack applied for the job?

 

Photos: Wikimedia Commons 

Posted in: gray wolf/canis lupus, biodiversity, Elk

Tags: Oregon wolves, wolf recovery, humor

Thanks to gline for the idea!!

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  1. Well Thank you Nabeki!

    You know, in these hard economic times, everyone needs a job. Not a pretty job for sure, but the human residents could hide their eyes and watch “Avatar” or any professional boxing match while wolves do their work. I know the Imnaha Pack is in need of food and habitat and would be very grateful. It is said that some of the members of this pack have been on the run from Idaho- they say it is not a very welcoming state to say the least!

    I would be happy to provide any references to Coos Bay officials, if need be. I am sure the Imnaha pack are very efficient and effective. In fact, they will strengthen the Elk herd in the long run, if we let them. It is only common sense.

    • Your Welcome….we needed to lighten things up a little around here. Thanks for pitching in!! I was just amazed to find there were still elk left in the lower 48 since the wolf haters think the wolves killed them all. They won’t even read their own Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Spring 09 press release about elk numbers being stable and rising in 23 states including Idaho and Montana, I don’t know how many times I’ve added that link and they still ask me where I’m getting my numbers from…lol. Here are the links once again.

      “The elk population in the Northern Rockies has skyrocketed in the last twenty-five years, notwithstanding the reintroduction of wolves in the mid-1990s. Wyoming’s elk population has grown 35%, Idaho’s has grown 5%, and Montana’s a whopping 66%.” http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/mskoglund/honesty_from_a_wolf_hunter_abo.html

      Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Spring 09 Press Release
      April 27, 2009
      Elk Population Reflects Success of RMEF’s First 25 Years
      Conservation Group Celebrates New Data on Milestone Anniversary

      http://www.rmef.org/NewsandMedia/NewsReleases/2009/ElkPopulations.htm

  2. I’d say keep the Imnaha Pack in the Wallowa’s. Instead, round up some Idaho wolves, before Wildlife Services shoots ‘em all, and get them on a 18-wheeler headed to the Oregon coast.

  3. The way things are going in Idaho, the only wolves left will be those in Oregon and Washington.

    • Sigh SL…..

      N.

      • uh huh.

        I hear there are many Idaho, Montana and Wyoming citizens who want wolves -will spend good money on watching them in the wild and admire the species as a whole. Where is their voice in all this slaughter?

  4. Great post, Nabeki! Here’s a slogan for Spanglelakes’s truck: Packin’ a Pack!

    Keep up the good work!

  5. Thanks Rich…we need a little humor once in a while, it’s gotten so crazy lately.

    N.

  6. As ironic as it sounds, it may also endanger dogs and people who get too close to the animals. As with any animal, even the herbivorous species can be dangerous if approached in the wrong manner.

    • yes, ungulates can kick!…Very dangerous work trying to prey on them.

      • g…..
        From “Of Wolves and Men”, Barry Lopez speaking about a wolf he was describing…”He has two fractured ribs, broken by a moose a year before. They are healed now but a sharp eye would notice the irregularity. He has not had anything but a few mice and piece of arctic char in three days but he is not hungry.”

        Being a wolf is a hard business even before you add in the human predators pursuing them.

        N.

    • John…you’re right. Elk can break a leg, ribs, fracture a skull. Moose are even more dangerous and they run all over Anchorage.

      N.


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