Oregon confirmed a wolf pack that includes both adults and pups in a forested area of northern Union County on Friday, July 18. This is the first evidence of multiple wolves and wolf reproduction in Oregon since wolves were extirpated from the state back in the mid-1940s. Biologists will continue to monitor the area and may also try and capture and radio-collar the wolves. See Oregon State Department of Fish Wildlife website for details. Wolves are currently fully protected in both Washington and Oregon.
The other big wolf news of the weekend – U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy restored federal protections for gray wolves in the Rocky Mountains. Wolves lost such protection on March 28, 2008, when they were federally delisted. The Judge granted a preliminary injunction that brings an immediate halt to wolf killing in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, and is in response to a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by eleven environmental organizations. The lawsuit was filed on April 28, 2008, for violation of the Endangered Species Act. The Judge reinstated wolf protection because he believes that the wolf had not met its federal recovery plan goals before being declared “recovered,” and because the state of Wyoming had not committed to maintaining enough wolves to sustain a viable population in the Rockies. The preliminary injunction only holds until a final ruling in the case is issued later this year. Read Judge Malloy’s comments at www.earthjustice.org.
For more information contact Linda Saunders, Director of Conservation at Wolf Haven International. 800-448-9653 x216Research Campgrounds, Plan RV Safe Routes & Turn your phone into an RV GPS.
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