On Friday August 18, 2017 a volunteer for Protect the Wolves spoke to Michelle Dennehy ODFW
Wildlife Communications Coordinator.
Michelle was asked if cattle were roaming and grazing anywhere near wolf dens and she said “I really don’t know.” She was also asked if she knew approximately how many cattle were grazing near known wolf territory, she answered “I am not sure how many.” Then when asked how many deterrents are being used by livestock producers, Michelle counted carcass removal/cleanup as one and the other was just ONE Range Rider and one volunteer for human presence.
Final question was “Have any more wolves been killed?” Sadly, the answer was yes. So this is the third Harl Butte wolf that has been lethally removed and they are going after the fourth. The Department does what the livestock industry asks!
This is unacceptable and our wildlife deserves better. The Wolf Conservation and Management Plan needs to be updated so that critical issues like transparency, accountability, and deployment of non-lethal methods can be fully addressed.
Other staff members have said that the public needs to ask the ODFW Commission to change the policies.
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission consists of seven members appointed by the governor for staggered four-year terms. One commissioner must be from each congressional district, one from east of the Cascades and one from the west of the Cascades.
The Commission was formed July 1, 1975 when the formerly separate fish and wildlife commissions were merged. ODFW consists of the commission, a commission appointed director and a statewide staff of approximately 1000 permanent employees. ODFW operates under ORS chapters 496 through 513. Commissioners formulate general state programs and policies concerning management and conservation of fish and wildlife resources and establishes seasons, methods and bag limits for recreational and commercial take.
Do you have a question or comment for the Commission?
Email: [email protected]
Please CALL GOVERNOR BROWN at 503-378-4582 to update the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan
The livestock industry and others have since relentlessly pushed legislative proposals to make it easier to kill wolves. WOLVES need YOU to ask elected officials to protect them.
Video of Imnaha Wolves in 2010. The Harl Butte wolf pack is now in this territory since the Imnaha wolf pack no longer exists.
More about Oregon wolves here: http://www.oregonwild.org/wildlife/wolves