The Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission is considering removing the gray wolf from the list of species protected under the Oregon Endangered Species Act (OESA). Oregon’s Wolf Conservation & Management Plan calls for the possible delisting of wolves when Oregon reaches the conservation objective of four breeding pairs for three consecutive years in eastern Oregon. This objective was met in 2014.
“When it was enacted, the wolf plan was negotiated between the state, environmental groups, and ranchers. Ranchers have honored their end of the bargain,” said OFB Director
of State Public Policy Jenny Dresler. “However, now that the population objectives are met, environmental groups are not honoring the commitments they made and are instead requesting greater protections for the wolves.”
What you can do to help:
1. Contact the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission and let them know that Oregon’s farmers and ranchers support honoring the state wolf plan and initiating the delisting process. Visit oregonfb.com/advocacy for help on drafting a letter.
2. OFB also asks farmers and ranchers to attend the next Commission meeting to testify about the impact of wolves on the health and safety of their animals and the
viability of their operation.
If you can, plan to attend the next meeting on Nov. 9 at 8:00 a.m. at the ODFW Salem Headquarters, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE in Salem — and share your story.