Bring Back Wolves
October 7, 2016
>Nick Cady, Cascadia Wildlands, (314) 482-3746, firstname.lastname@example.org
>Amaroq Weiss, Center for Biological Diversity, (707) 779-9613, email@example.com
>Catalina Tresky, Defenders of Wildlife, (202) 772-0253, firstname.lastname@example.org
>Lia Cheek, Endangered Species Coalition, (617) 840-4983, email@example.com
>Arran Robertson, Oregon Wild, (503) 283-6343 x 223, firstname.lastname@example.org
>Lindsay Raber, Pacific Wolf Coalition, (928) 301-6321, email@example.com
• 67 percent oppose hunting wolves as a tool to maintain deer and elk populations.
• 63 percent oppose Oregon’s removal last year of endangered species protections for wolves.
• 67 percent said they don’t believe wolves pose an economic threat to the cattle industry that necessitates killing wolves.
• 72 percent said nonlethal conflict prevention measures must be attempted before officials are allowed to kill wolves.
For Immediate Release, August 3, 2016
Nick Cady, Cascadia Wildlands, (314) 482-3746, firstname.lastname@example.orgAmaroq Weiss, Center for Biological Diversity, (707) 779-9613, email@example.com
John Mellgren, Western Environmental Law Center, (541) 359-0990, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wildlife Agency to Kill Wolves in Northeast Washington
Members of Profanity Peak Pack To Be Targeted in Ferry County
OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials announced late today they will kill members of the Profanity Peak pack in Ferry County. The kill order was issued following investigations concluding the wolves recently killed three calves and a cow and that three other calf deaths are probable wolf kills. All of the losses occurred on public lands grazing allotments, in territory occupied by the Profanity Peak pack. The decision was made under the guidelines of a new lethal removal protocol that was agreed to this spring by the state Wolf Advisory Group, a stakeholder group convened by the Department of Fish and Wildlife that includes agency staff and representatives from the ranching, hunting and conservation community.
“We appreciate the agency’s use of nonlethal measures to try to prevent losses of both livestock and wolves, and are glad to hear the ranchers in question have been working cooperatively with the state, but we are deeply saddened that wolves are going to die,” said Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf organizer at the Center for Biological Diversity. “We are not part of the advisory group but have made clear to the group that we don’t support the killing of the public’s wildlife on public lands.”
According to the protocol agreed to by the advisory group, lethal removal of wolves is considered after four confirmed depredations in one calendar year, or six confirmed depredations in two calendar years. The protocol also requires that the affected ranchers have employed sanitation measures to avoid attracting wolves to livestock carcasses and have tried at least one proactive measure to deter conflicts with wolves at the time the livestock losses took place.
“It’s tragic to see wolves killed, and I hope we continue to see growing wolf populations in Washington despite the yearly culling that inevitably takes place, said Nick Cady, legal director at Cascadia Wildlands. “I do not believe it makes sense to spend taxpayer dollars to kill wolves in remote roadless areas on public lands.”
“The decision to kill wolves is always a sad event, and one that should not be taken lightly” said John Mellgren, staff attorney at the Western Environmental Law Center. “But it is even harder to stomach when that decision relates to wolves on our publicly owned lands.”
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Nick Cady, Cascadia Wildlands, (314) 482-3746, email@example.com
Amaroq Weiss, Center for Biological Diversity, (707) 779-9613, firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Pedery, Oregon Wild, (503) 283-6343 ext. 212, email@example.com
For immediate release
Contact: Nick Cady, Legal Director, Cascadia Wildlands, 314-482-3746; firstname.lastname@example.org
"We are deeply saddened by the difficult situation that has arisen for these Imnaha Pack wolves," said Nick Cady, Legal Director of Cascadia Wildlands. “Although the situation appears to be escalating in Wallowa County, we don’t condone using public taxpayer dollars to kill wolves on behalf of private interests.
OR-4 is one of the original alpha males in Oregon and has played a significant role in wolf recovery across the state.
"This is a particularly difficult day as OR-4 has sired an incredible number wolf pups over the years, which has fueled wolf recovery across the state,” says Josh Laughlin, Executive Director of Cascadia Wildlands. “His role and that of the other three wolves should be celebrated and remembered."
Four other members of the Imnaha Pack appear to have split from this group of four, and are not being targeted, according to ODFW. The separation of the pack, and the advanced age and condition of both OR-4 and OR-39, could indicate the pack is splitting and may be contributing to the spike in livestock depredations.
Lethal control under these circumstances, like when pro-active nonlethal techniques are used to deter conflict, is contemplated in the Oregon Wolf Plan, and it appears the state has meaningfully deliberated over its decision.
More background on gray wolf recovery in the Pacific West can be found here.
Nick Cady, Cascadia Wildlands, (541) 434-1463, email@example.com
Amy Atwood, Center for Biological Diversity, (503) 504-5660, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bethany Cotton, WildEarth Guardians, (503) 327-4923, email@example.com
Brooks Fahy, Predator Defense, (541) 937-4261, firstname.lastname@example.org
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