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Wolf conflict heats up in Oregon

Post by Koa » Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:15 am

This is an extremely informative article in the way of statistics for Oregon wolves. Please visit the link so you can see an interactive map of wolf packs in Oregon throughout the years and read more!
BY KELLY HOUSE
WALLOWA COUNTY – After years of relative quiet, Oregon's war over wolves is returning as two milestones converge, leaving protections for the small but growing population wide open to change.

Oregon wolves by the numbers
Wolves in Oregon: at least 77
Cattle in Oregon: 1.3 million
Wolf packs in Oregon: 9
Value of beef industry in Oregon: $669 million
Wolves killed (2009-present): 4
Wolf-related livestock kills (2009-present): 76 sheep, 36 cattle, 2 goats
Sources: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
With seven breeding pairs living in Oregon, wolves have grown numerous enough that wildlife officials will consider removing them from the state's endangered species list. At the same time, a mandatory review of the state's 10-year-old wolf plan also opens a door for significant revisions.

Such an opportunity to rewrite wolf management might not come again for years and has the predators' advocates and enemies staking their ground in both conversations.

Conservationists argue 77 known wolves is nowhere near enough to consider loosening protections, while ranchers insist wolves have hurt their bottom line enough to justify giving them more leeway to kill wolves to protect their cattle.

For three years straight, at least four breeding pairs have survived the winter. Under the Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, once that happens the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission can consider delisting. The commission could make that decision as early as this fall.
Read more (with interactive maps): http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/i ... _batt.html
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Re: Wolf conflict heats up in Oregon

Post by D0m » Mon Jun 15, 2015 3:36 pm

This is very informative, thanks again for sharing, Koa
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