You may have already heard the news: California is now home to its first known gray wolf pack, dubbed the Shasta Pack, in nearly a century! While biologists are working to determine the origin of the Shasta Pack’s breeding pair, the most likely answer is that they traveled from Oregon. With successful recovery in California dependent on wolves dispersing from Oregon, and the future of Oregon’s own wolf population up in the air, it is vital we make sure Oregon’s Fish and Wildlife Commission isn’t eliminating crucial protections for wolves.
There are currently 81 known wolves in Oregon, with only one pack residing in the Cascades – OR7’s own Rogue Pack. Despite this fledgling population, special interest groups are hard at work trying to convince the Commission that it needs to be easier to kill Oregon’s wolves. In the coming months, the Commission will be considering changes to how Oregon manages its gray wolf population, including whether to remove wolves from the state endangered species list.
Oregon’s current wolf management plan, emphasizing non-lethal management practices, is actually considered one of the most successful in the nation. But it is in danger of being disassembled before wolves can make a true recovery. It is not time for the Oregon Fish and Wildlfe Commission to declare “mission accomplished” and walk away from its commitment to Oregon’s wolves!
We need you to speak up for Oregon’s wolves!
- Attend the Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Wolf Delisting Hearing
When: October 9th, 8am
Where: Driftwood Shores Resort and Conference Center, 88416 1st. Ave, Florence, Oregon
- Send Comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include “Comments on Wolf Delisting Proposal” in the email subject line.
For further information or talking points for comments, contact Sierra Club volunteer Joanie Beldin (email@example.com) or Oregon Wild’s Stephanie Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Gray wolves here and in California are counting on you!