The state of wolf recovery across the country is in peril and we need your voice to help it get back on track!
Last week, the Idaho legislature passed a bill which would allow state wildlife managers, private contractors, and hired guns to wipe out up to 90% of the state’s wolf population. Though a letter from former wildlife managers was recently sent to Governor Little asking him to veto the bill, it’s still on his desk awaiting signature. Earlier this year, Wisconsin approved a wolf hunting season, and not only did hunters and trappers far exceed the allotted quota in just three days– killing 216 wolves instead of 119 — but even staff within their own Department of Natural Resources called the hunt “an abomination”. Finally, the Montana legislature is debating several bills that would expand wolf hunting, trapping, and snaring. All of this after their own Governor, failing to comply with state regulation, trapped and killed a Yellowstone wolf.
That’s a lot to process, and unfortunately, that’s just a small sampling of efforts around the country to expand trophy hunting and trapping. The loss of federal endangered species protections for wolves has invited politicians and bureaucrats with outdated ideas about wildlife management to endorse the wholesale slaughter of the species.
And while Oregon doesn’t currently allow a public trophy hunting or trapping season for wolves, recovery across Oregon, while progressing, is slow. In fact, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recently released the annual wolf report and while the population increased by 9.5% (bringing the total to 173), the number of breeding pairs went down, no new packs were identified in Western Oregon, and human-caused fatality was alarming.
Wolves were largely exterminated across the country and are still making a comeback across their historic range. We shouldn’t invite history to repeat itself.
Please speak up today! For the wolves,
Wildlife Program Coordinator
Oregon Wild, 503-283-6343