Save Oregon's Struggling Wolf Population

In 2008, wolves established the first Oregon wolf pack in more than 60 years with formation of the Imnaha pack. Since then two other packs have established.

But it hasn't been smooth sailing for Oregon's wolves. In response to pressure from the Oregon Cattelmen's Assocation, the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife has been aggressively responding to a small number of livestock depredations by killing wolves. In part due to these killings, Oregon's wolf population has dropped from 21 to just 14.

The Center for Biological Diversity and its allies got a temporary stay on more killings, but now it's time for the state to reevaluate its approach to wolf management. Oregon's tiny wolf population can't withstand killings, instead the state should help ranchers change practices and reduce wolf-cattle conflicts.

Tell Governor Kitzhaber to not oppose the stay and to take the opportunity to chart a different course for wolf management in Oregon.
Subject: Please Chart a New Course for Wolf Management

Dear Governor Kitzhaber:

I was greatly relieved to see that a stay was issued stopping the killing of two wolves from the Imnaha pack by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

It is my sincere hope that you will use this stay as an opportunity to take a different tack in wolf management -- one that emphasizes nonlethal measures to reduce wolf-livestock conflicts in combination with Oregon's already extant compensation program.

With only 14 wolves in Oregon, I do not believe that these two wolves should be killed, nor should lethal control be a primary means for addressing this problem.

Please direct the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to rescind its kill order for these two wolves and refrain from issuing future kill orders.
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