Through trapping, poisoning and shooting, government agents and bounty hunters killed off every last gray wolf in Oregon, Washington and California by the 1940s. However, the species has begun to make a remarkable comeback in the Pacific West as wolves have migrated west after a successful re-introduction into the northern Rockies in the mid-1990s. Today, approximately 15 packs or alpha pairs now call Oregon home. Similar numbers have been restored into Washington. In 2015, an alpha pair had pups in California for the first time in nearly a century.
Misinformation, fear mongering, poaching and lethal control continue to confront gray wolves as they mount their historic comeback in the Pacific West. Cascadia Wildlands and allies are working tirelessly to protect and restore a viable population of wolves across the Northwest through advocacy, outreach, education and litigation. We are also a founding member and sit on the steering committee of the Pacific Wolf Coalition, which was formed in 2012 to promote gray wolf recovery in the Pacific West. Click here for more information and resources on gray wolf recovery. Visit our chronology of Oregon wolf recovery since 2008.
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(Imnaha pack pups 2013. Photo by ODFW.)
- Cascadia Goes to Court to Defend Wolf Protections in California March 14, 2017
- Coyote Killing Contest Placing Oregon’s Wolves in Crosshairs November 14, 2016
- Poll: Most Oregonians Oppose Hunting of Wolves, Favor Nonlethal Conflict Prevention October 7, 2016
- Wolves Being Killed in Northeast Washington August 4, 2016
- Oregon Wolf Delisting Challenge Reinstated by Court of Appeals July 6, 2016
- Ethics Complaint Filed Against Three Oregon Lawmakers Over the Wolf Delisting Bill May 2, 2016
- Press Release: State of Oregon to Kill Alpha Pair and Two Others in Imnaha Wolf Pack March 31, 2016
- Governor Brown’s Environmental Record Far from Green March 22, 2016
- House Bill 4040 and the Politics of Delisting Oregon’s Wolves February 25, 2016
- Cascadia Wildlands Challenges Wildlife Services’ Wolf Killing in Oregon February 3, 2016