Biologists for the Oregon department of Fish and Wildlife released their annual wolf report today, just days after staffers for the agency killed two wolves in Eastern Oregon after confirmed depredations on livestock in Baker County.
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel joins us with details from today’s meeting.
The biologist says so far that the depredations in 2018 have only come from the Pine Creek pack and it doesn’t necessarily indicate a larger trend across the state.The commission had originally planned on voting on a new revised wolf plan in January, but after hearing from multiple sides of the debate, Commissioners decided to delay that vote.
Commissioners now believe that August is the earlies they will have a revised plan in place.
An Oregon rancher in Baker County has been given approval by ODFW officials to use lethal force on two wolves from a new pack called the “Pine Creek Pack” in Northeastern Oregon after multiple depredations took place to the ranchers’ cattle on private property.
Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom has the details.
Officials at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife were scheduled to update the state’s wolf management plan back in January, but the vote was delayed during a meeting of the ODFW commission last December.
Two wolves were spotted by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife cameras in Mt. Hood National Forest earlier this month, marking the first time multiple wolves have been confirmed in the northern portion of the Cascades in Oregon since they were reintroduced to the state in the 2000s.
The two wolves have been documented by ODFW in southern Wasco County in the White River Wildlife Area, Mt. Hood National Forest and Warm Springs Indian Reservation.
This isn’t the first time wolves have been seen in Wasco County. In 2013 a single wolf was spotted near White River and a single wolf was spotted twice in 2015. However, this is the first time multiple wolves have been spotted this far north in Oregon.
Wolves in Wasco County and anywhere west of Hwys 395-78-95 are protected by the federal Endangered Species Act, so U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the lead management agency.
Additional information about Oregon’s wolf population will be available in March, after ODFW completes its annual winter surveys and minimum population count.
For years, ranchers in Northeastern Oregon have been dealing with the introduction of Canadian gray wolves into the Pacific Northwest and the impact of predation on their cattle and now, ranchers in Southern Oregon are seeing a boom in their wolf population and are starting to deal with some of the same issues.
Central Oregon Daily’s Brian Jennings headed to Klamath County to report on the latest developments for this week’s Great Outdoors, sponsored by Camp Abbot Trading Company in Sunriver.