Oregon’s Shame – OR4 And His Family Aerial Gunned For The Sacred Cow….

OR4 ODFW

April 3, 2016

Death rained down on OR4 and his family from the ODFW helicopter-death-ships last Thursday, March 31, 2016. I can’t imagine the terror he felt along with his mate, OR39, nicknamed Limpy, due to a damaging leg injury. It was like shooting ducks in a barrel, an old wolf and his crippled mate with their two terrified pups, trying to evade bullets coming from the sky. To me they represent every wolf who has ever been senselessly  killed for the sacred cow. Ranchers know wolves are a miniscule  threat to their bottom line, the main killer of cattle is non-predation, the main predator of cattle are coyotes and domestic dogs.  But facts don’t matter when it comes to wolves, they’re relentlessly demonized.

I can’t tell you the sadness I feel over this killing.  OR4 was a symbol of everything I thought was right about wolves returning to Oregon. He and his first mate, B-300, nicknamed Sophie, swam the Snake River from Idaho to form the first wolf pack to inhabit Oregon in sixty years. They were named the Imnaha Pack. OR4 and B-300 sired many pups, including the legendary OR7 and were the backbone of wolf recovery in Oregon.

Ranching is the single biggest threat to wolves in the Northern Rockies.  Wolves are harassed throughout their lives because of ranching and hunting. They tolerate endless collarings, just as OR4 did. It was a miracle he lived to be 10 years old, a real feat since he had several kill orders out on him during his life. Instead of  Oregon treasuring him for the amazing wolf he was, they filled him full of lead as their final tribute. This killing will forever be Oregon’s shame!

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Oregon Just Killed a Family of Wolves

Imnaha Pack Alpha Male OR4

TakePart.com 12 hours ago

The bullet he’d been dodging for many years finally caught up with the great Oregon wolf, OR4, on March 31. In the early afternoon, officials from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shot to death the patriarch of the Imnaha Pack from a helicopter over Wallowa County, an area where gray wolves dispersing from Idaho first began returning to Oregon, where they’d been killed off in the mid-20th century. Shot along with OR4 was his likely pregnant partner, OR 39, known as Limpy for an injured and badly healed leg, and their two pups.

The animals were killed for being presumed guilty of the deaths of four calves and a sheep on private pastureland on the fringes of the pack’s territory in northeast Oregon.

Rob Klavins, who has been a wolf advocate on the frontlines of the cultural and political battles that have accompanied the reemergence of wolves in the West as field coordinator for the conservation group Oregon Wild, heard the helicopters take off and knew the sound spelled doom for OR4. “It was hard for a lot of people,” said Klavins, reached on Friday at his home near the town of Joseph in Wallowa County. “Even some of his detractors had a begrudging respect” for OR4, the fourth wolf to be fitted with a location-tracking radio collar in Oregon. He weighed at least 115 pounds, the largest known wolf in Oregon at the time of his death, and survived for 10 years, three years longer than most wolves in the wild.

OR4 and his progeny have been largely responsible for the gray wolf’s intrepid return to lands where the species was long ago hunted, poisoned, trapped, burned, and otherwise chased nearly to extinction.

Cattle farmers, who receive a subsidy from taxpayers to graze their animals on vast ranges of publicly-owned land where the wolves also dwell, worry about wolves killing their property. Hunters want first shot at the game, such as deer and elk, that wolves favor. But livestock depredations in Oregon are extremely rare, and have become scarcer even as the wolf population has increased. Meanwhile, ODFW’s data shows that Oregon’s wolves are having no effect on elk, deer, and wild sheep populations. Of course, those statistics are small consolation to the rancher who suffered the loss of property in March.

In early 2008, OR4 and his mate at the time, OR2, were among the first wolves to swim the Snake River, scale enormous mountains, and establish a foothold for wolves in game-rich Wallowa County. Since then, more than 110 Oregon wolves have spread from the remote northeast corner of the state, over the Cascades, and to near the California border. Many of these pioneering wolves were spawned by OR4.

Beginning with his first pack in 2009, OR4 fathered, provided for, and protected dozens of wolf pups that survived in the Oregon wild—and made their way all the way south to California, where OR7, known as the “lone wolf, trekked in 2012. Today, OR7 has his own pack in the California-Oregon border region. The alpha female of the Shasta pack—the first gray wolf pack to make California home since 1924—is the offspring of OR4.

That OR4 lasted this long is source of wonder to those who have followed his starring role in Oregon’s gray-wolf comeback story. In 2011, a brief cattle-killing spree by the Imnaha pack had him slated for execution. A suit by Oregon Wild and other conservation groups stayed the execution order and OR4 settled into a mostly incident-free life as Oregon’s biggest and baddest-ass wolf.

There is good reason to believe OR4 was cast out of his pack early this year, and his decision to move into livestock calving ground was borne of the need of an old, slowing, and dull-toothed male—no longer able to bring down elk—to fend for his hobbled mate, to whom he was endearingly loyal, and his yearling pups.

“He was an outlaw wolf with a heart of gold,” said Amaroq Weiss, the West Coast Wolf Coordinator for the Center for Biological Diversity. Weiss recalled a 2009 video of OR4 leading his Imnaha pack up a snowy mountainside as a defining image from the early days of Oregon’s wolf recovery. “He was definitely a father figure.”

The Shasta Pack that is part of OR’s legacy will soon be coming into its second litter. It is protected by the California Endangered Species Act. In Oregon, though, wolves were removed from the endangered species list in November, which allowed OR4’s pack to be shot to death Thursday. Activists have sued to re-list the animals.

The wolf management plan that provided the legal justification for the killing of OR4, Limpy, and their pups is up for review in Oregon this year. The state has determined that the wolf population met benchmarks that allow livestock producers more lethal options when dealing with depredating wolves. Klavins and others would like to make sure the updated plan calls for every non-lethal option to be exhausted before wolves are killed.

“What was done [Thursday] was sufficient for an agency that views wildlife as agents of damage and whose primary job is to protect private interests at taxpayer expense,” Klavins said. “But it’s not good enough for a public agency whose mission is to ‘protect and enhance Oregon’s fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations,’ ” he continued, quoting from the agency’s official documents. “They need to do better. Oregonians deserve better.”

Wolf advocate Wally Sykes is one of the few to have encountered OR4 in the wild. “I was kind of initially prepared for something to happen, but the visual image of an old wolf being hunted down by a helicopter, with his hobbling mate by his side and his two freaked out pups along with him, is an ugly picture to carry in your head,” said. He said officials he spoke with were “not at all happy to have killed these wolves.” Sykes’ recording of OR4’s howl can be heard here.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/oregon-just-killed-family-wolves-181546732.html

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Nov. 12, 2009

In happier times! ODFW caught the ten member Imnaha wolf pack walking single file through the eastern Oregon woods with at least six pups!! Leading the pack is alpha female B-300.

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Posted in Oregon wolves, Wolf Wars

Photo: ODFW

Tags: OR4, OR39 (Limpy), ODFW, aerial gunning, shooting innocent wolves, OR7, Take Part, animal cruelty, Wolf wars, death of a Legend, Oregon Wild, B-300 (Sophie), Imnaha wolf pack,

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  1. so sop dreadfully sad.

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  2. Reblogged this on hocuspocus13 and commented:
    WE LIVE IN SUCH AN UGLY WORLD…GOD HAVE MERCY ON US

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    • My heart aches for those wolves. I have spent the last 40 years defending and trying desperately to help them in my own way, and will continue to do so until my last breath. I once read a fairy tale where hunters went into the woods and never returned. It seems the animals were armed. Would that that could be true. These morons operate under the premise that “when ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise”. I am so sick and tired of, not only myself, but animals being the victims of a majority of the peoples’ stupidity and ignorance. When will it end?

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  3. With so many out-of-work veterans, I think that they should be equipped and sent to public lands so that they can stop livestock from crossing the ‘line’. They can also stop wolves, using non-lethal methods, from coming over the public lands.

    This will help the ranchers, by protecting their stock and it will save the wolves and let them balance the ecosystems where the roan.

    I hope that someone who is in the position, reads this and puts the plan into operation.

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    • Actually Allan the best plan is to retire grazing leases and get cattle off our public lands. Ranching is the single biggest threat to not only wolves but all predators. Agribusiness is destroying our wildlife, it’s been going on for hundreds of years and if we don’t figure out a way to stop this madness there won’t be any wolves, grizzlies, mountain lions or any predators left.

      Another thing wolf advocates can do is give up eating beef.

      For the wolves, For OR4 and his family,
      Nabeki

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  4. It made me cry again, deeply saddened….. Speechless ….

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    • So sorry Amy, I’m crying with you. I’ve lost sleep over this.

      For the wolves, For OR4 and his family,
      Nabeki

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  5. That’s ok – wolf and wildlife advocates will not give an easy time and hound the hell out of them always. Always nipping at their heels. 🙂 Public shaming, airing of dirty laundry, exposing cronyism and bad science.

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  6. As residents in Southern Oregon we read about this terrible event in our local newspaper. It’s disgraceful and I will be reposting this over on Learning from Dogs very soon.

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    • Thanks for spreading the word Paul. This has to stop!!

      For the wolves, For OR4 and his family,
      Nabeki

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  7. I agree on having vets help patrol for livestock, but again the wolf is still in such danger, it is a sad thing we have to kill innocent animals that help nature and our eco systems to the brink of extinction.

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  8. TRUE SCUM BAGS!!!!!

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  9. I mourn the loss of all sylvan creatures but also have compassion for what cows- not cattle, not “livestock,” and other domesticated((enslaved) beings endure. They are as much victim as our beloved wolves.
    and if you eat the pitiful remains of these creatures, drink the milk that was meant for their calves and eat their eggs- YOU are driving the demand that kills apex predators, and is slowly killing the planet.
    Cowspiracy http://www.cowspiracy.com/
    http://racingextinction.com/
    even Time magazine, the handmaiden of multi death corporations agree
    http://time.com/3035872/sixth-great-extinction/

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    • I agree. The cows (I have used the term “cattle” not out of disrespect but because the herds also include steers) are the victims too. They suffer lack of care, terrible weather, unattended births, and accidents, only to die in a slaughterhouse. There is one real villain and predator here–the ranchers.

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  10. Alle ODFW volk bis untermenchen!

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  11. The usual cowardly way of dealing with things-kill something and in the most cowardly and unsportsmanlike way imaginable even if they consider themselves sportsmen. Aerial gunning rears its unacceptably ugly head once again. Where did our civilization go? This could have been handled some other way but the ugliest path was chosen. Oregons shame is correct. An old wolf, a crippled wolf and their babies. Took aerial gunning to promote this shame. Nausea, shame and disgust at our so called civilized society who have ignored take only what you need and replenish, respect our God given earth and everything on it. Has everything and everyone sold out for the dollar and the easy way? Are our grandparents and babies safe now?

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    • I feel your pain Sharon, I’m so disgusted by this cowardly act.

      For the wolves, For OR4 and his family,
      Nabeki

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    • Unfortunately, human beings have always killed wolves In terrible ways: set them on fire, blinded them and turned them loose to face their death sightless, wired their jaws shut and left them to starve, pulled them apart with horses. We demonize the innocent wolves and act like we emerged from our homes in hell to destroy the wild world.

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  12. This killing angers and sickens me beyond measure….ODFW have become the gestapo…they are nothing more than the killing machine for ranchers who want all wolves killed. It is not justifiable to kill wolves just because they killed some cattle who were destined to be killed by the ranchers and sold for hamburger….the killings by wolves is minimal compared to how many cattle die each year for other reasons…most of which are because ranchers leave the cattle out in the public lands to fend for themselves. I don’t know how to stop ODFW but something must be done to stop this kind of thing from happening or Oregon’s wolves will once again become a thing of the past….

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    • Kim, In a few more years Oregon will be just another Idaho and Montana, the same with Washington state, although they have a better wolf plan but it doesn’t matter, all wolf management plans end in delisting and dead wolves.

      Fish and game run around with concern on their faces, oh we didn’t want to do this, it was such a hard choice. Well no, they didn’t have to do it but they did it to satisfy some rancher. So sick of ranchers and their BS. They’ve been after OR4 since he was a young wolf. The idea of those helicopters chasing around a ten year old wolf and his crippled mate with their two pups makes me physically ill. We don’t need a memorial for those wolves, we need to get mad.

      For the wolves, For OR4 and his family,
      Nabeki

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      • “The idea of those helicopters chasing around a ten year old wolf and his crippled mate….”

        It really is cowardly and scummy, isn’t it. Just goes to show that there is no depth too low for some to sink to.

        And then to add insult to injury:

        ♪They made us kill them, we didn’t wanna do it, we didn’t wanna do it….♫ Oh boy. 😦

        Unfortunately cattle and sheep are also human victims.

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  13. At times like this, I am so glad I do not eat beef and do not support this travesty in any way. I have zero obligation to cattle ranchers, and could care less about them and their problems. The best case scenario is when they go bankrupt and sell off their lands to the Nature Conservancy or some other group that will allow them to revert to their natural conditions again. *cue violins*

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    • I also wish we could correct the misconception that depredation harms ranchers. The percentage of loss due to depredation is 1% or less – and with beef consumption on the rise, these ranchers more than make up for any financial losses due to wolf depredation. It is an entrenched idea that has no basis in fact and needs to go away. I only wish even 1 cent of my tax money didn’t go to them. I haven’t eaten red meat in over 20 years, and I do not miss it, and I never thought it tasted that great anyway. People who talk about enjoying the taste of animal flesh seem like monsters or vampires, I think.

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      • ida, I’ve been hammering that point, as you know, for almost seven years but facts don’t seem to matter when it comes to wolves because it’s all about emotion. Wolves aren’t even the top predators of cattle, coyotes and dogs are. But they will just keep repeating the same nonsense they’ve repeated since wolves were reintroduced. I blame the big enviro groups for catering to ranchers in the first place. Giving them money if a cow is lost to wolves. That’s ridiculous. What has that gotten us? More dead wolves. If they want to raise cows then why should anyone pay for their losses? The wolf states lose around 50,000 cows a year, on average, to non-predation. Are they reimbursed for that? Yet a wolf kills one cow and it’s front page news? I’m sick to death over this. We have to wrestle wolves away from the fish and game agencies because they represent the ranchers and hunters. We need a whole new paradigm.

        For the wolves, For Or4 and his family,
        Nabeki

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  14. I don’t know what to say anymore when the killing just keeps coming and coming. Ranchers! They are the real predators. They have been produced one holocaust (yes, I WILL use that word) after another. They killed the bison, they killed the bears, they killed the cougars, they killed the “pests” so they could more in and claim the land. I feel bad for the cattle too. They are left out in the open with no care and if they survive the winters and the births and the accidents they are victims of, they get nothing but a terrible transport trip to the slaughterhouse.

    I keep thinking of something Dr. Steven Best said about our species, “I shudder in horror over the sad spectacle of human cretinism as I brood over the possible viable future for such a disturbed and demented species.”

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    • +1. After all of the birds and the beasts are gone, who is left to kill? Mankind?

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      • When we succeed in killing the rest of the bees due to their inability to endure the pesticides, then WE are going to be the next on the list, and we deserve what follows. Mother Nature will level the playing field due to our flagrant disregard for the planet on which we depend for our sustenance and livelihoods. Those of us who care, and care deeply, about our flora and fauna will, unfortunately be swept along with those with nothing more than a cavalier attitude which has just been demonstrated by ODF&W. The ranchers and ODF&W are in each other’s hip pockets, and when they say jump, the ODF&W asks only two questions: How high and when can we come down? How despicable they all are! They have the morals of an alley cat!

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  15. Reblogged this on Exposing the Big Game.

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  16. They are now saying that Limpy was pregnant – so it really is more about controlling pack size than depredations, I think. There’s an article in Mother Jones about just how much beef Americans are eating – and it says that there are 3.5 million more cattle this year than last year! So the wolves aren’t making that much of a dent. (See: Americans Are Gorging Themselves on Cheap Meat in Mother Jones.

    The propaganda making the rounds by tools of the trade media is awful – we think, we believe, (but we’re blowing smoke) that OR-4 was too old and couldn’t hunt on his own anymore, blah, blah. All the while deflecting that the OR Dept. of Hunting and Ranching is killing wolves for trumped up reasons! Maybe the greedy rancher has too much use of the public lands to properly keep up with. I’ve read that they didn’t, or arrogantly don’t think they have to, do their best to take non-lethal measures first.

    They’ve gone into paranoia over 81-100 wolves in Oregon(but we think, we believe, but have no proof that there are more of them ther varmints out there!) Scum. We don’t even have the firing squad for our worst criminals.

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    • Sorry, the exact wording of the amount of cattle in this country was:

      “However, cattle counts from earlier this year show there are nearly 3.5 million more cows than two years ago.”

      So the presence of wolves on the landscape isn’t the major crisis ranchers and F&W departments make it out to be, it would appear. To me, cattle lost to any number of reasons, wolves being the least of it, is the cost of doing business. If you can’t handle it, don’t become a rancher. But don’t try to sanitize the landscape to suit you! How arrogant and disgusting.

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  17. This is so gut-wrenching sad… Humans are relentless in their pursuit of proving themselves right, even when they are unforgivably wrong.

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  18. wait, i thought OR 4 and his family were protected. this effing government does nothing but bow down to these effing ranchers. you talk about corruption at it’s best. rip poor wolves. i hate ranchers and i hope they all go bankrupt.

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  19. I thought Oregon was safe , again the cattle industry wins out when will this madness stop !

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  20. One other thing – that bit about ‘even ranchers having a begrudging respect for OR-4’? (gag.) Plagiarized and paraphrased from Ernest Thompson Seton’s “Lobo – The King of the Currumpah”!!!!

    No honor, no shame and nothing to low for these people in seeking their agenda. They’ll have a rough time of it tho.

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  21. When are those people actually listening? That includes hunters, ranchers, governments across america We have fought to protect animals from going excintion, Its like killing your own family , someone to shoot all the humans family and get away with no felcony charges, no jail time, that makes me feel unfair for the animal kingdoms across the america, not just for Oregon but to all those animals as well . The wolves and their pups do not deserve this. I am tired , very tired of humans getting away with murder thinkint it is ok.. It is making their hearts and mind dark and ugly inside and out. I dont have any respect for ranchers , hunters or any govenors who hates wolves or do in greed by making money out of the wolves or reducing population are the asnwers.. The wolves are not the problem,, the Human minds and hearts are the most problem that they are denying themselves. They do not know about compassion , kindness, and actually responisiblities to their own livestocks, I think many farmers are adandoning their hard responsiblities to protect their livestocks, they are looking for easy way out..

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  22. Such a shame

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    • Darwin jotted in his notebook this searing one-liner: “Animals we have made our slaves we do not like to consider our equal.” The irony here is we have never been able to make the wolf our slave; that’s their impetus for attempting to kill them all. A pox on all their houses, i.e., ODF&W!

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      • The irony here is we have never been able to make the wolf our slave…

        Thank God for that. I hope they piss on everything we do, our rules and fence lines! :).

        There’s more damage control out for the head of the ODFW, how much he ‘knows’ wolves, and how they had to take the ranchers’ plight into consideration. The fact that the article is in the Capital Press just negates the whole exercise, to me!

        Yeah, we know very well that crap ranching interests take precedence above everything. Means less than zero to me, and less and less as time goes on.

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      • Dustin Abbott said, “We have doomed the wolf not for what they are, but for what we deliberately and mistakenly perceive them to be – the mythologized epitome’ of a savage.” Therein lies another irony. We stupidly and erroneously judge them by ourselves – not a good thing to do!

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      • Also, the head of the ODFW says they ‘took no joy’ in the killings. Who cares? The wolves are still dead. All that shows is that these hired killers aren’t total psychos, and they are good little gov’t bureaucrats who do as they are told, and don’t rock the boat. I have more respect for that guy who refused to kill the bear cubs and got fired for it!

        On private lands, maybe it’s one thing. But on the public lands, ranchers interests should not have the level of importance that it has. Americans want wolves and other animals on the landscape, and we don’t want them persecuted and killed. Ranchers are prima donnas.

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    • They were on public land , what, who the hell are they for killing these wolves most people want the wolves alive , it is not up to the state to do the bidding of the ranchers. We the people have a vice we are the majority !!!!! I pray for Sanders things will change in a hurry for sure.

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  23. I thought Oregon was a better place for our wolves I guess I was wrong again the cattle industry calls the shots when will this stop ? Our country doesn’t realize that the majority has a strong vice and should rule. I thought that was what we stood for and all I can say is we must keep speaking out against our government. This was not a humane act shooting wolves like this or any kind of killing these beautiful wolves. People should realize they have enough of a hard time in the wild , and shooting pups too , just plain mean.

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  24. As I said just plain outright mean!

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  25. I wish these swamp-scum individuals who are responsible for this carnage could immediately reap what they sow.

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  26. More damage control, from Oregon’s benevolent dictators at F&W. See? We spared a pack last year, so we’re not heartless killers! This rancher probably didn’t have the clout that the most recent one did, and a batphone to his favorite politician to put the arm on. Also, this now looks like a pre-emptive strike for lambing or calving season:

    http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2016/04/06/one-oregon-wolf-pack-killed-another-spared/82714704/

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  27. I suggest that all of us remember to let Governor Kate Brown know how we feel about this and about her signing the legislation that once again put wolves in the crosshairs and silenced the public voice from participating in the conversation. I plan to let her know on at least a monthly basis and possibly more often if I happen to be in a bad mood.

    As far as the IDFW officials crying alligator tears at what they “had” to do, get real. They’re all killers. That’s why they have those positions. Do they cringe for a moment after realizing they’ve destroyed a family group and caused hideous grief, terror, and suffering? I mean, come on. Don’t they basically do it on a daily basis with one species or another? And the time in the office is writing the rules to promote hunting and developing all the outreach and advocacy materials to spread the word on how much fun it is to kill and how beneficial to the victim species and to the human doing it. Excuse my sarcasm, but I have no place in my heart to excuse killers — whether they be government officials, ranchers, or simply perverts who like to kill for fun. Sound bitter? I am.

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    • I’m right there with you. I wept bitter tears when I heard it and read it. They’re not going to be satisfied until they annihilate every last wolf. They want to bring the wolf under their dominance, and if this means killing every last one of them, they will. I wish they could be stopped, but trying to educate them seems to be an exercise in futility. What is the saying…”You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” or “When ignorance is bliss (and it certainly seems to be; these people are “rednecks”), tis folly to be wise” they think.

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    • you are so correct how the states go after wolves is horrible , disgusting now I am so surprised at Oregon and with tax dollars let them take the money out of their own pockets must vote for sanders we might have a chance at ending this suffering of the wolves.

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  28. Below is a link to a petition to cease any further violence against these innocent creatures. I’m appalled that humans kill cows everyday- yet when a wolf pack is ‘said’ to have killed the cows they die. This country is obsessed with money!! Let’s face it- the farmers don’t have the cows as pets! It’s a business and because the wolves didn’t pay with money they paid with their lives. PLEASE read this petition and pass it along to all those who share a respect and love of animals. Thank You

    https://www.change.org/p/u-s-fish-and-wildlife-service-stop-us-fish-and-wildlife-from-killing-the-dell-creek-wolf-pack?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=576965&alert_id=WvaKpmRPnw_0mZB7NKFmJWIKxD5kK6b4nPTz8B32rCLqQY0Gbr8cofUVce0lsuxWjkoq0PXjsEM

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