Oregon’s Imnaha Pack Safe….For Now

Imnaha Pack alpha male (ODFW)

While 55 wolves have been killed in the ongoing  Montana and Idaho hunt/slaughter,  Oregon’s Imnaha Pack alpha male and yearling are safe tonight, after the Oregon Court of Appeals granted a temporary stay of the” kill order”  hanging over the two wolves heads!

Three environmental groups filed a lawsuit on October 5th to halt the killing of the two wolves and the judges listened.  The killing of the alpha male and the younger wolf would likely have been the nail in the coffin for the Imnaha pack, leaving the alpha female, B-300 and her six month old pup to fend for themselves.

Although the injunction is temporary we call on Governor Kitzhaber to end the “witch hunt” permanently and stop the harassment of this wolf pack.

As I stated in an earlier post, Oregon ranchers lost 51,200 cattle to non-predation in 2010, so the continual coverage of miniscule wolf depredations looks like persecution, driven by the livestock industry and is casting a pall over Oregon’s reputation as a moderate and progressive state.

Court orders state to halt hunt for two wolves of Imnaha pack in NE Oregon

Published: Wednesday, October 05, 2011, 9:07 PM     Updated: Wednesday, October 05, 2011, 9:10 PM

JOSEPH — As state biologists combed northeastern Oregon’s rugged mountains Wednesday to kill two gray wolves in the Imnaha pack, conservation groups challenged the kill order in court and called on Gov. John Kitzhaber to intercede.

Late in the day, the Oregon Court of Appeals granted their request to temporarily halt the hunt, The Associated Press reported.

Cascadia Wildlands, the Center for Biological Diversity and Oregon Wild contend that efforts by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to remove the pack’s alpha male and a younger wolf would leave only a female wolf and one pup born this year to fend for themselves this winter.

“They are proposing to take out the leader of the pack, which will, in my best estimate, render the pack unviable,” said Josh Laughlin, spokesman for the Eugene-based Cascadia Wildlands. “Oregonians are not going to stand for that.”

Read More: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2011/10/conservation_groups_win_tempor.html

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Oregon’s Governor Kitzhaber (503-378-4582) 

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Photo: Courtesy ODFW

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Oregon Wolves, Howling for Justice

Tags: Oregon Court of Appeals, Imnaha alpha male, ODFW,  “kill order” stayed, Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands, Center for Biological Diversity

TAKE ACTION: More Oregon’s Imnaha Wolves Slated To Die

Alpha Male (father) Imnaha Pack  (Ear tagged and collared May 2011)

FROM: NE OREGON ECOSYSTEMS

More wolves to be killed, and extermination of the entire Imnaha pack is on the table.

ODFW announced yesterday that more Imnaha wolves may be killed, and Oregon conservationists share growing alarm that the entire pack may be exterminated. ODFW Regional Manager Craig Ely implied last month in a conversation with NE Oregon Ecosystems that this option might be on the table, and information from sources close to the ODFW have reinforced this conviction. As it is, the pack has been reduced from 16 members to 8 or less, and 3 wolves have been killed by ODFW this year. One has dispersed to Washington, one collared wolf has disappeared, the whereabouts of some others are unknown. The Imnaha pack is in real trouble…

The ODFW is under crushing pressure from Oregon cattlemen to kill wolves, and unless wolf supporters make their opinions known soon, this pack, Oregon’s first and biggest, its best chance of wolf recovery, will be killed. The opinions carrying the greatest weight will be those from NE Oregon residents. Our legislators, the governor, the ODFW, and the press need to hear from us, not just from the Oregon Cattlemen’s Assoc. and their friends.

Some points to consider:

The Imnaha pack represents half of Oregon’s wolves and the best chance for wolves to disperse to safer habitat in Central and Western Oregon, where livestock conflict is less likely.

Oregon wolves are protected by the Oregon Endangered Species Act. The Oregon Wolf Plan, implemented in 2005 and revised in 2010, requires wolves to be managed for recovery until their numbers allow them to be delisted. Treating every depredation as a crisis to be solved by lethal removals is not a satisfactory management plan for recovering a population. Killing wolves should be only a last resort.

There will always be stock losses from wolves, just as there are from coyote, bear, dog, cougar, eagle,and others. The OWP is not designed to eliminate wolf depredation, any more than state policy is to eliminate losses from any other predator. Predators are part of the livestock business in the West, where huge tracts of public land rightfully provide a home for wildlife, and from which the ranchers benefit by grazing allotments. Despite the presence of the Imnaha pack, no rancher has gone out of business or is in danger of doing so from wolves.

Confirmed wolf depredations are compensated at full market value and probables reimbursed at half market value by Defenders of Wildlife. Vet bills for confirmed wolf-caused injuries are fully compensated. A compensation bill is under consideration by the state legislature.

“The state Endangered Species Act prohibits the killing of listed species with very limited exceptions,” points out Jennifer Schwartz of Hells Canyon Preservation Council, “If ODFW is going to lawfully operate within that narrow window of exceptions, it must be able to show that lethally removing wolves in response to conflicts with livestock is somehow necessary to further their conservation in Oregon. With so few wolves in the state, we are very much unconvinced that we need to kill more wolves in order to promote their recovery.”

After a strong start last year, wolf tourism is just starting to take off this season, with eco-tours scheduled for this summer and private operators planning for 2012. Tourists are planning trips specifically to be in wolf country and Wallowa County will benefit. Obviously the slaughter of the county’s most famous and accessible pack will bring this to a halt, and may well give the county a bad odor to those planning a visit to view wildlife.

Oregon Wild, in a statement on Monday, listed these four ODFW shortcomings:

Violating the wolf plan by baiting members of the Imnaha Pack back to the site of reported depredations leading to more losses that may in turn be used to justify lethal control.

Failure to adequately document and publicly share information on claimed non-lethal preventative measures.

Issuing 24 landowner kill permits without adequately documenting and publicly sharing information demonstrating those permits were issued in compliance with the wolf plan.

Treating every conflict between wolves and the livestock industry as a crisis by devoting nearly all of the agency’s wolf-related time and resources on a small fraction of the duties prescribed by the plan at the expense of research, education, and conservation.

A note on incremental lethal removal:

The management policy being applied this spring by ODFW is called incremental removal and is used when stock predation becomes chronic. It should only be employed after all non-lethal tools have been used. It’s intended to spare the pack while removing the depredating wolves. In the case of the Imnaha pack, it may be a valid policy, but it’s not clear that all the stockmen suffering losses have in fact used all the non-lethal methods, especially removing dead calves from pastures. Dead animals left lying around draw predators, and scavenged carcasses can be presented as wolf kills.

The ODFW is following a protocol designed to save the Imnaha pack, but the pack may also be drawn to prey on cattle by carcasses left on the range.

Please contact the following to express your respectful opinion about lethal removal of the Imnaha pack.

Governor John Kitzhaber: gov.kitzhaber@state.or.us – 503-378-4582.

CC the following:

ODFW Director Roy Elicker: roy.elicker@state.or.us – 503-947-6044.

ODFW Commissioners: odfw.commission@state.or.us (Individual Commissioners here).

Please adapt your letter as a Letter to the Editor (300 word max) and send to

The Oregonian: letters@oregonian.com and post to http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/

The Chieftain: editor@wallowa.com

The La Grande Observer: tkramer@lagrandeobserver.com

The Baker City Herald: kborgen@bakercityherald.com

Thank you all,

NE Oregon Ecosystems

Imnaha Alpha male (father) August 2009

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Photos : Courtesy ODFW

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Oregon wolves

Tags:  ODFW, Imnaha Pack, Justice for wolves, Wallowa Country Oregon,  Pro-active animal husbandry, non-lethal tools, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association

Oregon’s Imnaha Wolf Pack…December 30, 2010

Thought you would enjoy seeing the ODFW video of the Imnaha alpha female and a couple of her 2o1o pups. She looks beautiful.

Apparently the 16 wolf strong Imnaha pack had six pups last spring, not four. as previously thought.  Great to see them looking so healthy.

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Oregon wolf pack has 2 more pups than expected

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2013936704_apororegonwolves.html

Published in: on January 17, 2011 at 1:22 am  Comments (20)  

Oregon’s Imnaha Pack Alpha Male Found!! And the Wenaha Pack Has Pups!!

Imnaha Pack Alpha Male (caught on a trail camera)  HOWLS!!

Finally good wolf news!  Oregon’s Imnaha pack alpha male, who’s been missing since May 31, has been spotted on a trail camera, still wearing his collar. The collar must be malfunctioning. 

AND Oregon’s Wenaha wolf pack has two confirmed pups and there may be more. The two pups were trapped (that must have been stressful for them), checked over, weighed and sent on their way. ODFW states they will be releasing  pics of the babies soon. Can’t wait!!

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Two New Wolf Pups In Eastern Oregon

August 23, 2010By Dennis Newman

The Wenaha wolf pack in Northeast Oregon has produced at least two pups this season. ODFW confirmed the news this afternoon. They appear to the first pups born to the Wenaha pack.

And there’s some good news to report on Oregon’s other wolf pack. After being missing for almost three months, the alpha male of the Imnaha pack has been located.

As for the alpha male of the Imnaha pack, he’s finally been recorded on a trail camera. The image is the first we’ve seen or heard of him since May 31st. ODFW says the photo shows him wearing his tracking collar. So it’s a safe bet that the collar is broken and wasn’t able to transmit information about his location. ODFW also plans to release that photo later today.

Read the rest of the story, CLICK HERE

Wenaha Pack yearling wolf….so beautiful!

Photos: Courtesy ODFW

Posted in: Oregon wolves

Tags: Wenaha pups, Imnaha alpha male alive, good wolf news, ODFW

 

Published in: on August 23, 2010 at 11:13 pm  Comments (11)  
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Puppies!! Four Imnaha Wolf Pack pups caught on remote camera!

Here are recent pics of four pups from the Imnaha wolf pack…aren’t they cute?  These little guys were caught on remote camera by ODFW, there could actually be more pups. Sadly their dad has not been spotted since May 31.

From the ODFW website:

Four pups for Imnaha wolf pack

ODFW

July 14, 2010

The Imnaha wolf pack has at least four new pups this year, images captured on a motion-triggered trail camera show.    

An image taken July 3 (attached) marks the first visual observation of new pups this year. The pack may have more pups than these four.

Wolf pups are born in mid-April and litters average four to six pups. Pups generally become active outside their pack’s den in June.

Six adult wolves were also seen in the images captured by the trail camera, including the alpha female. Past evidence, including a video taken November 2009, indicate at least 10 wolves made up the Imnaha pack before the pups were born this year. The alpha male, whose GPS collar has not been detected since May 31, was not seen in the images.

For more images of the Imnaha pack taken by a trail camera set up by ODFW in an area of pack activity, visit the website below (see first six photos). Note the alpha female is not pictured in these images.

http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/images/photo_gallery/wolves_in_the_news/index.html

It’s nice to report a little good news after all the bad and what’s cuter then adorable wild wolf puppies? Congrats “Sophie” and the rest of the Imnahas. I hope the dad is found alive.

Photo: Courtesy ODFW

Posted in: Oregon wolves, biodiversity, gray wolf/canis lupus

Tags: Imnaha wolf pups, Oregon wolves, alpha male missing, wolf recovery

 

Where Is The Imnaha Alpha Male?

Imnaha alpha male 2009 ….Is he dead?

He’s been gone for over three weeks and no sign of  him, his radio collar silent. Is he the victim of ramped up wolf hysteria in Wallowa County, Oregon?  I hope he’s found quickly but it sounds like the Imnaha pack alpha male may have been a victim of  SSS (Shoot, Shovel, Stutup). 

 From My Central Oregon:

The wolf was outfitted in February with a GPS collar that is capable of tracking his whereabouts. Morgan says it’s not uncommon for a radio collar to fail, but another possibility is that the wolf is dead.

After seven wolf kill permits were issued to ranchers over five cow depredations AND Wildlife Services was given two wolf  kill permits which have been extended twice, what did ODFW think was going to happen?

You have lots of people running around with guns. There is whipped up wolf  hysteria, even an effort in the legislature to initiate a state of wolf emergency in Oregon over FOURTEEN WOLVES, is anyone surprised one of the Imnaha alphas may have been targeted?

But wait, we were told by ODFW, that won’t happen, the kill permit only allows ranchers to shoot a wolf caught in the act. I’m sorry but I live in the Northern Rockies and I know how it works. We have a wolf hater’s website talking about killing wolves with Xylitol so it’s not too far a leap to think someone targeted the alpha male, knowing that could destroy the pack.  This will make life a whole lot harder for Sophie (B-300) and her pups, the pups would about two months old now. The Imnaha pack is the ONLY breeding pair in Oregon.

I hope they find the Imnaha alpha male and find him soon. This is not only worrrisome but  if it’s proven he was killed illegally, it’s criminal.

I thought Oregon would be happy to have their wolves back after a sixty year absence but it’s the same old story. A few ranchers are holding the wolf population hostage and they get away with it because fish and game agencies go right along with it.  Does ODFW get upset when ranchers lose calves to weather, disease, reproduction or theft? I don’t see any explosive headlines about those losses. But let a wolf look at livestock cross-eyed and the situation is blown completely out of proportion.  

Oregon’s reputation has taken a hit. If the alpha male is dead, people will remember this for a long, long  time.

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Missing alpha male wolf concerns ODFW

June 19, 2010    02:27 pm

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says the alpha male is missing from Oregon’s only confirmed breeding pair of wolves.

Russ Morgan, the ODFW’s wolf coordinator, told The Observer newspaper of La Grande that the animal has been missing for about three weeks.

The wolf was outfitted in February with a GPS collar that is capable of tracking his whereabouts. Morgan says it’s not uncommon for a radio collar to fail, but another possibility is that the wolf is dead.

The Oregon Wolf Plan says four breeding pairs must be established in Eastern Oregon before the animal can be de-listed as an endangered species.v

http://www.mycentraloregon.com/news/state/ap/1235072/Missing-alpha-male-wolf-concerns-ODFW.html

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Photo: Courtesy ODFW

Posted in: Oregon wolves, gray wolf, wolves in the crossfire

Tags: Imnaha alpha male, Wildlife Services, Oregon wolves, wolves in the crossfire, gray wolf

Wolf Kill Permit Extended AGAIN in Oregon, the Imnaha Alpha Male Is Missing!!

Imnaha Alpha Male 2009   (Where is he?)

Could things get any worse for wolves in Oregon? This has to be the most beleaguered wolf population in the US, besides the Mexican gray wolves.

From Natural Oregon:

Federal agents are getting another week to hunt down two wolves in Wallowa County. This is the second time ODFW has extended the hunt.

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the alpha male of the Imnaha wolf pack is missing. He should be wearing a tracking collar. But wildlife officials haven’t seen or heard from him in nearly three weeks.

So ODFW extended Wildlife Services kill order deadline for the second time! It was set to expire on June 19 but now it’s been moved ahead to June 25th. This gives Wildlife Services another week to hunt these two wolves down, even though there have been no depredations since June 4. Why would they do that?  Pressure from ranchers? Does this ever end?

The most disturbing news concerns the missing alpha male. If he was shot illegally, this would be so tragic. The Imnahas are Oregons only breeding  pair of wolves.  The loss of the father (alpha)  is the worst possible outcome. 

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Wolf News: Hunt Extended Again, Alpha Male Is Missing

June 18, 2010

By Dennis Newman

http://www.naturaloregon.org/2010/06/18/wolf-news-hunt-extended-again-alpha-male-is-missing/

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Write to ODFW concerning the extension of Wildlife Services kill permit. Are they bowing to pressure from ranchers? 

There are only 14 wolves in the entire state of Oregon and this is how they treat them?

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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

3406 Cherry Avenue N.E. 

Salem, OR 97303

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ODFW WILDLIFE DIVISION STAFF DIRECTORY

http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/directory/wildlife_division.asp

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Main Phone (503) 947-6000 or (800) 720-ODFW [6339]

Comments:  odfw.info@state.or.us

To Enter Your Opinion About This Issue Into Public Record: Contact: odfw.comments@state.or.us

 

Photo: Courtesy ODFW

Posted in: Oregon wolves, gray wolf/canis lupus, Wolf Wars

Tags: Imnaha wolf pack, Imnaha alpha male, Oregon wolves, Sophie, Wildlife Services

Status Of Oregon’s Imnaha Wolf Pack

B-300, the alpha female of the Imnaha pack

The Imnaha wolves are still alive and none have been shot as of today.  That doesn’t mean a whole lot because the kill permits usually last for 45 days. Please keep these wolves in your thoughts this holiday weekend and hope no harm comes to them, that they are not baited or their radio collar signals tracked.

I dislike feeling so helpless and not being able to help the wolves except by writing to the very people that issued the wolf  kill permits to the ranchers.  But these agencies are sensitive to public opinion and especially tourist dollars coming into the state. Oregon has a reputation as being a progressive, forward thinking state.  Exposing this can’t be very pleasant for them, it’s shining a light on their actions. 

I would also urge people to give up eating beef. I’m not  proselytizing but it would be a healthy choice and  help wolves and the environment.  Cows do a lot of damage to range land, they trample stream beds and soil streams. They destroy native grasses and vegetation. Cows are also the single biggest obstacle to wolf recovery.  It’s something to think about. No cow makes it out alive in the cattle industry and it’s not wolves doing the killing.

Please visit this site for more information about Oregon’s wolves:

NE Oregon Wolves

http://trapfreeoregon.org/page25.html

Also don’t forget to send in your comments to ODFW on their wolf management plan, which as you can see,  is sorely lacking:  Here’s the link to the recent post I did on this, it has all the contact information included:

Imnaha Wolf Pack Under Assault In Oregon..TAKE ACTION!!

https://howlingforjustice.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/imnaha-wolf-pack-under-assault-in-oregon-take-action/

May the Imnaha Pack be kept safe.  Please don’t stop emailing and calling ODFW to express your outrage over this situation.

For the wolves, For the wild oness

Nabeki

Published in: on May 28, 2010 at 12:51 pm  Comments (13)  

EMERGENCY TAKE ACTION!! Oregon’s Imnaha Wolf Pack Goes Under The Gun Today!!

Imnaha alpha male…August 2009

The Imnaha wolf pack in eastern Oregon is going under the gun today. Five ranchers in Wallowa County have been  issued wolf  kill permits in the Imnaha pack’s territory.

The famed wolf B-300, who dispersed from Idaho, is the alpha female of the pack and has pups. Both she and the alpha male are collared. No collared wolves have been implicated in livestock depredations but she is most likely be killed because collared wolves are an easy target. Four of the wolves in the Imnaha pack are collared in including the alpha female and male.  How easy would it be to pick up the radio signal of any or all of the  four collared wolves.? Some ranchers have been given radio receivers.  This is one of the main ways Wildlife Services tracks down wolves.

The situation centers on two calf depredations in their territory. Now half  the Imnaha pack of ten wolves, could be killed. Oregon has 14 wolves in the entire state but they want to kill five of them for two calves? 

What the heck is going on in Oregon? 

Look at the stats below. Do you see how they have blown wolf depredation into a huge issue when the majority of cows die from other causes?  This has been done to demonize wolves, just like the first extermination in the West. Who do you think was responsible for pushing the feds to get rid of wolves then?  RANCHERS!!

One Year of Cattle Deaths in Oregon (NASS 2006)  Thanks for the stats Erin!!

Digestive problems: Cattle – 1,600. Calves – 9,700.

Respiratory problems: Cattle – 7,500. Calves – 12,600.

Metabolic problems: Cattle – 1,700. Calves – 300.

Mastitis: Cattle – 1,700.

Other diseases: Cattle – 1,600. Calves – 800.

Lameness/injury: Cattle – 1,600. Calves – 1,200.

Weather related: Cattle – 200. Calves – 1,400.

Calving problems: Cattle – 1,400. Calves – 6,900.

Poisoning: Cattle – 400. Calves – 600.

Theft: Calves – 100.

Other non-predator: Cattle – 2,200. Calves – 800.

Unknown non-predator: Cattle – 2,700. Calves – 3,500.

 

Please without delay call ODFW or email them to protest this horrible action!! Tell ODFW you won’t spend one dime on any Oregon business that supports wolf killing or you won’t visit the state unless they treat their wolves properly and mandate ranchers to practice sound animal husbandry practices!! 

What is the point of trying to recover wolves when they can’t take one step without the livestock industry playing the “gotcha game” with them, even though they know wolves kill very few livestock and their major losses come from non-predator related causes.

This has to stop. Issuing five wolf kill permits for two calf deaths is wrong!

Let’s raise our voices in defense of these wolves, who are just trying to raise their pups.

Here is all the contact information. This cannot wait, the entire pack is in danger and people know where their den site is.

CONTACT:

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

3406 Cherry Avenue N.E. 

Salem, OR 97303

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ODFW WILDLIFE DIVISION STAFF DIRECTORY

http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/directory/wildlife_division.asp

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Main Phone (503) 947-6000 or (800) 720-ODFW [6339]

Comments:  odfw.info@state.or.us

To Enter Your Opinion About This Issue Into Public Record: Contact: odfw.comments@state.or.us

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Here is a video of wolf B-300 in northeastern Oregon. She is the alpha female of the Imnaha pack.

B-300 was the first wolf confirmed to have dispersed from Idaho, returning wolves to Oregon and now they want to kill her.

Here are the beautiful Imnaha wolves showing off their pups last November. 

PLEASE DON’T LET OREGON RANCHERS KILL THESE MAGNIFICENT WOLVES!!  ACT NOW!!

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Wolf kill permits issued to ranchers
 
http://www.lagrandeobserver.com/News/Local-News/Wolf-kill-permits-issued-to-ranchers

Imnaha pack alpha male, 2009

 

Photos: Courtesy ODFW 

Posted in: Howling For Justice, Oregon wolves, Wolf Wars

Tags: Imnaha Wolf Pack, wolves under the gun, stop killing wolves for agribusiness

  

Imnaha Wolf Pack Under Assault In Oregon..TAKE ACTION!!

Imnaha alpha male…August 2009

Does the persecution ever end?  

The Imnaha wolf pack, in Eastern Oregon, is under increasing pressure from…..wait for it….ranchers!!  Isn’t that shocking?  Do they ever stop whining?

Apparently hysteria is building to blame multiple cattle deaths on the pack to get them killed. 

I had hoped Oregon was more forward thinking and tolerant  but apparently not. It’s the usual suspects screaming to get rid of wolves. And surprise of suprises the media coverage has been mostly one sided, very similar to what we get in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. 

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Wallowa County Ranchers Endanger Oregon’s Wolves

author: Wolf Howl

Constant and escalating hysteria against wolves in NE Oregon has put more than half of Oregon’s wolves in danger of being exterminated.

“A relentless and dishonest media campaign by the Oregon Cattlemens’ Assoc. in Wallowa County is aimed at exterminating the Imnaha pack near Joseph. This pack of 10 accounts for more than half of our known wolf population of 14. Ranchers are claiming many calves killed despite only ONE confirmed case of depredation from a population of 36,500 cattle county-wide.

A recent story (link to www.wallowacountychieftain.info) implying yet another wolf kill was proved wrong when an ODFW investigation showed no bite marks, no signs of struggle, no characteristic wounds. The local media continue to print completely unbalanced stories and editorials misrepresenting wolves while seriously limiting opposing views. Mounting political pressure at state and local levels is aimed at exterminating this pack. The Oregon Wolf Plan is up for review this year and the OCA and its allies are pushing hard for permission to shoot wolves at their own discretion, which means a slaughter.

Many Wallowa County ranchers have taken no proactive non-lethal measures to protect their livestock, such as the use of fladry, range riders, or burying their dead animals deep enough so as not to attract wolves. Money to pay for these measures and others are available from Defenders of Wildlife and the ODFW. Defenders compensates all confirmed losses at market prices.

In Idaho last year, where wolves are most numerous in the West, less than 1% of cattle losses were attributed to wolves. Livestock operators can adapt to the presence of wolves, as has been shown in the West and in northern Minnesota, where 3,000 wolves co-exist with cattle and sheep operations, but in Wallowa County they are opting to go all-out for extermination.

Contact the ODFW at ODFW.Comments@state.or.us and support our wolves:

1) Don’t allow ranchers to kill wolves;

2) Raise the breeding pair limit from the current level of 3 to 12. As it stands now, once there are 3 breeding pairs, Oregon wolves loose their protected status.

Public comment period lasts until June 30.

Without a groundswell of support, these wolves, and their pups, could be killed this year.”

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2010/05/399524.shtml?discuss

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Please support Oregon’s Imnaha wolf pack by writing to ODFW!!  ODFW.Comments@state.or.us

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Here are the beautiful Imnaha wolves showing off their pups last November. 

Imnaha Wolf Pack….Eastern Oregon!!

https://howlingforjustice.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/imnaha-wolf-pack-eastern-oregon/

Below is footage of wolf B-300 in northeastern Oregon. She is the alpha female of the Imnaha pack.

B-300 was the first wolf confirmed to have dispersed from Idaho, returning wolves to Oregon. What a great adventurer she is!  She passed her powerful genes to her pups.

Wolves are apex predators, essential for the health of ungulate herds. They play a vital role keeping ecosystems healthy.

Don’t let ranchers dictate their fate!!  You can help save the Imnaha wolf pack by speaking out for them and sending comments to ODFW before June 30ODFW.Comments@state.or.us  

Here is a comment sent to ODFW from a  wolf supporter. 

You could reference these talking points in your comments to ODFW!

Dear Commissioners:

The constant and escalating hysteria against wolves in NE Oregon has put more than half of Oregon’s wolves in danger of being exterminated.

This relentless and dishonest media campaign by the Oregon Cattlemens’ Assoc. is aimed at exterminating the Imnaha pack near Joseph. This pack of 10 accounts for more than half of our known wolf population of 14. Ranchers are claiming many calves killed despite only ONE confirmed case of depredation from a population of 36,500 cattle county-wide.

Many NE Oregon ranchers have taken no proactive non-lethal measures to protect their livestock, such as the use of fladry, range riders, or burying their dead animals deep enough so as not to attract wolves. Equipment and help to pay for these measures and others are available from Defenders of Wildlife and the ODFW. Defenders compensates all confirmed losses at market prices.

The OCA was responsible in 2005 and 2007 for blocking passage of the legislation called for in the OR wolf plan that would have, among other things:

1. amended the Ag Damage statute to allow take of wolves by private citizens under certain circumstances

2. established a compensation/proactive non-lethal fund.

The OCA argued then that folks should be allowed to take wolves under extremely broad circumstances and that they would accept nothing less.They succeeded in killing passage of the very legislation that would have helped them.

Allowing the language OCA wants to introduce to the Wolf Plan would not only take management decisions out of the hands of biologists and wildlife managers, but it would make it next to impossible to enforce poaching laws.

In Idaho last year, where wolves are most numerous in the West, less than 1% of cattle losses were attributed to wolves. Livestock operators can adapt to the presence of wolves, as has been shown in the West and in northern Minnesota, where 3,000 wolves co-exist with cattle and sheep operations.

I earnestly urge the ODFW to:

* Keep wolf management in the hands of biologists and wildlife managers. Allowing individuals the license to kill wolves on their own initiative would lead to widespread and indiscriminate slaughter of our wolves, in many cases of wolves not involved in livestock predation.

* Establish a state fund to assist in providing non-lethal deterrents to wolf depredation including both the necessary hardware and subsidies for the employment of range-riders, and to compensate ranchers for confirmed wolf depredations.

* Raise the breeding pair limit from 3 to 12 to ensure the survival of a healthy wolf population in Oregon.

Thank you.

 

 HOWLS for making a difference for wolves!

 

Photo: Courtesy ODFW

Posted in: Oregon wolves, Wolf Wars, Howling For Justice, gray wolf/canis lupis

Tags: Imnaha wolf pack, Oregon wolf pack under fire, persecution of wolves, biodiversity

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