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Oregon Cattleman’s Association Pushes Wolf-Killing Legislation

Oregon Cattleman’s Association Pushes Wolf-Killing Legislation

NOTE: This is a guest post from Alex Ralston, Online Organizer at the Center for Biological Diversity.

Wolves are just starting to regain a foothold in Oregon and now the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is pushing for a new law to kill all four surviving members of the Imnaha pack.

The new legislation is aimed at circumventing the Oregon Endangered Species Act and could open the floodgates for similar measures to eliminate safeguards for wildlife that are unpopular with livestock, logging and development interests.

The Imnaha pack was the first wolf pack in Oregon in more than 60 years. Today, roughly 29 wolves roam the state in four packs.

Ranchers have complained that wolves last year killed nearly 25 cows in the state — but in 2010, 55,000 cows in Oregon were lost to weather, disease and thieves.

That’s not stopping ranching groups from ganging up on Oregon’s fledgling wolf population. Last fall, the Center for Biological Diversity and our allies filed emergency legal action to win a temporary reprieve of plans to kill two members of the Imnaha pack, including the alpha male.

Now the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is turning to the legislature to accelerate the killing. We can’t let that happen.

Decades of persecution and intolerance drove wolves out of existence across much of the U.S. Today, wolves occupy just 5 percent of their historic range.

In Oregon, wolves are protected as an endangered species under the state’s Endangered Species Act and in 2005, the state adopted a wolf-management plan that allowed for wolves to be killed in response to livestock depredations — but only after nonlethal measures to solve problems with depredations had been employed.

Shooting wolves is supposed to be a last option, especially in Oregon, where the work of returning wolves to the landscape they once roamed is just getting under way.

You can help save Oregon’s first family of wolves by signing the Center for Biological Diversity’s petition.

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7:10AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Carol K. I understand what you are saying, but I prefer target shooting the ranchers, who are responsible for the killing of our wildlife and for bribing politicians, to go along with them!!!!!!

7:55AM PST on Mar 3, 2012

Sadly, it seems that the corporate, industrialized world and the natural world are incompatible and nature gets the shaft. That's why pro-greed GOP is out to kill it all. Not so ProLife after all since they are out to kill a life-sustaining environment.

6:09AM PST on Mar 3, 2012

Write to the Oregon Cattlemen' Assoc. Here is the website: http://www.orcattle.com/contact.html. I just sent them the following:

"How can you call for the killing of the Imnaha pack of wolves when they only killed 25 wolves in 2010 or 2011(not sure which year applies)? That is a paltry number compared with the 55,000 cows in Oregon that were lost to weather, disease and thieves in 2010. Your efforts would be better served by finding ways to provide more prey for the wolves. Then they won't need your cows. Suggestion: check out the statistics for hunters killing elk.


11:10AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

Stop killling wolves!!!

Try putting dogs around the cattle to keep the wolves and preditors away....there's a thought!

It's humane and it works!!

Greed will be the down fall of mankind!

10:46AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

Why are they always targeting the wolves? Will we ever win? Makes me sometimes wonder

11:14PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Totally agree with Desiree R.

11:13PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Totally agree with Desiree R.

8:46PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Every creature has a purpose it's the ecological system
This is why we should not eat meat or as much, those poor wolves!
I hope these Ranchers come back a Wolf and get to experience what they will go through.

4:32PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

This is beyond ridiculous. If the natural wildlife of our country cannot roam freely the Pacific NW, where can they be unmolested by us careless and thoughtless invaders of their territory?

3:15PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

eat fish not live stock!

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