The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) released its revised Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. It is available for public review with an expected vote scheduled at the Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting in Salem on June 7.
“Wolf management is a polarizing topic with strong views on all sides, so it’s tough to find consensus,” says Derek Broman, ODFW carnivore and furbearer program coordinator. “But regardless of people’s views on wolves, the wolf population in Oregon is growing in size, number of packs and packs reproducing, while expanding its range.”
ODFW recently announced its wolf population increased 10 percent and sits at an all-time high of at least 137 wolves.
Changes in the updated plan include adjustments regarding the removal of problem wolves and an expanded section on non-lethal techniques for reducing livestock depredation and other conflicts.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation maintains that gray wolves, like elk, bears, deer, mountain lions and all other wildlife, should be managed by state agencies.
(Photo source: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)