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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 4:10 pm | Updated: 11:01 am, Fri Jan 25, 2013.

Oregon conservationists lament killing, highlight contrasting approaches to wolf management and wildlife conservation.

Portland, Oregon - Various sources have confirmed that an Oregon wolf known to biologists as OR-16 was killed Saturday near Lowman, Idaho. The wolf was fitted by state biologists after being accidentally trapped last November. The 85-pound yearling male was in good health and later found to be a member of the Walla Walla Pack.

In December, OR-16 crossed the border into Idaho. He became the second Oregon wolf to be killed in Idaho as part of that state’s recreational hunt. As of Wednesday, 958 wolves have been killed in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming as part of recreational hunts aimed at dramatically reducing the population of the recently endangered species. Wyoming’s wolf plan allows an unlimited number of wolves to be killed by any means in the majority of the state.

Last February, just weeks after the world celebrated the epic travels of Journey (OR-7), his littermate (OR-9) crossed the Snake River and was illegally shot by a hunter who was issued a warning for poaching. Other notable wolves including collared wolves from Yellowstone National Park have been killed as part of the hunts.

The announcement comes on the heels of great news for Oregon’s wolves as the state announced last week that Oregon’s known wolf population had increased to at least 53 wolves and as many as five breeding pairs. In 2012, Oregon’s wolf killing program was under a court-ordered hold. With the state not killing endangered wolves, many responsible livestock owners increased efforts at reducing conflict. As a result the population of wolves nearly doubled while losses to wolves were nearly cut in half.

Despite the good news, conservationists caution that wolf recovery in Oregon remains tenuous. Nearly half the state’s wolves are pups less than a year old. Many will not survive the winter. Additionally, with the harsh management of wolves taking place in neighboring states, Oregon can no longer count on healthy populations to boost recovery here.

Below is a statement from Rob Klavins, Wildlands & Wildlife Advocate for Oregon Wild:

"When Journey arrived in California he was celebrated as an international conservation success story. When his brother swam the Snake River he was greeted by a hail of bullets and illegally killed. Tragically another Oregon wolf has followed in his footsteps. It's a stark reminder of why it's so important we get things right in Oregon.

"America has come a long way since we feared the myth of the big bad wolf and purposely tried to eliminate entire species from the landscape. When bald eagles and gray whales were removed from federal protections, everyone celebrated. When wolves were stripped of their protections as part of a political deal in 2011, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming celebrated by opening recreational killing seasons that have now claimed nearly 1,000 wolves - more than half of the known population in the Western United States.

"It's particularly sad that this comes on the heels of Oregon's great news of wolf recovery and decreasing conflict. In a country that values native wildlife and conservation, pushing recently endangered species back to the brink isn’t good for anyone ; certainly not wolves."

The news was first reported on the Oregon Wolves Facebook page. Further information will be posted there.

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  • mikeh2026 posted at 3:56 pm on Sun, Jan 27, 2013.

    mikeh2026 Posts: 1

    George you obviously don't have a clue about wolves in the wild, the DEVISTATION they have brought to once healthy elk and deer herds, the difficulty in HARVESTING a wolf, or the FACT that they kill many more healthy animals than sick ones... I personally know the hunter that killed this wolf. He was miles from the road and he stalked this wolf for almost an entire day, watching it kill a healthy elk calf, in an area where the elk herd is not healthy by any means...

    So as usual, someone who has no idea what the reality is, wants to criticize someone who is doing nothing but help to manage the population of an animal that has zero fear of man because of protection, and and is so out of control that it has decimated the elk and deer herds wherever it is... I have personal experience with the wolves and their absolute lack of fear of men and their agressive behavior.

    As far as I am concerned, 2 down and 53 to go !!!!!

  • Tony Hobet posted at 9:13 am on Sun, Jan 27, 2013.

    Tony Hobet Posts: 57

    Hey George - are you spreading misinformation intentionally or just out of a delusional ignorance?

    And what does anti-wolf hunter mean??? Somebody who hunts the ”anti-wolf”? [beam]

  • horsenaround posted at 7:40 pm on Fri, Jan 25, 2013.

    horsenaround Posts: 17

    Oh George, cry in your beer. LOL. Seriously, the wolf is a large wild dog, nothing more-mangy at that. The wolves were from Idaho, swim The Snake and "poof" you're in Idaho. Get over it. If there weren't too many there wouldn't be a hunt. People are getting sick of these wolves and all the money and damage they cost. Bye bye wolfie. [wink]

  • george posted at 12:09 pm on Fri, Jan 25, 2013.

    george Posts: 39

    Harvested? He was gunned down, or "folded up" as many anti-wolf hunters term it. You harvest corn, but you kill animals.

  • george posted at 10:22 am on Fri, Jan 25, 2013.

    george Posts: 39

    OR16 lasted only one month in Idaho, now known as the Slaughter House State, where the authorities aggressively promote the most brutal methods of exterminating wolves. The Idaho Legislature nearly passed a law last year allowing domestic dogs to be staked out as "bait" for wolves, and the bill failed only because the more intelligent legislators realized the "bad image" it would convey to the rest of the country.

    OR16 was in an area free of cattle and with an abundant elk herd, where wolves were doing their natural job of culling the weak from the herd, but also where it's easy to spot wolves from the highway, where "hunters" park until they spot a victim, then step out of the pick-up to blast away.

    The Slaughter House State has done more harm to the reputation of hunters than any activist could even dream of.

  • Photogirl4u posted at 7:16 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Photogirl4u Posts: 12

    " Gunned Down?" Why are we talking like this was a crime? This article was written as though there is an agenda, rather than reporting facts. Sorry to see that.

  • Tony Hobet posted at 6:03 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Tony Hobet Posts: 57

    This article is biased and full of errors. Poor choice of words that seek the sensational rather than the facts.
    Another example of the downward trend in reporting quality at Chieftain.

  • ConcernedOutdoorsman posted at 5:40 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    ConcernedOutdoorsman Posts: 7

    He wasn't "gunned down"...the wolf was legally harvested!!