By Bob Ferris There are some clever television commercials circulating of late that feature prankster cows taking steps to convince folks they should eat more chicken. The inferred hope of these often belligerent bovines is that they will not be eaten, if people would just eat more fowl. Setting aside the fact that the … Continue reading We Need to Address Wolf Myths and Hatred Head On–Stand with US
December 06, 2012 By Richard Cockle, The Oregonian Oregon's celebrity gray wolf apparently can't get enough of new California horizons. OR-7 has now migrated into an oak-chaparral woodland near Lake Almanor east of Red Bluff, said Karen Kovacs, wildlife program manager for the California Department of Fish and Game. "This is the first time … Continue reading OR-7’s biological clock ticking as he moves to lower ground for winter
–By Bob Ferris Over the past several months I have written several pieces on wolves and public lands grazing. I have written about the ecological impact of cattle. I have written about the economic impact of cattle. And I have written about the undue influence of the livestock industry on conservation organizations and public agencies–it … Continue reading Can We Really Afford Cattle as King Any Longer?
To see the current distribution of wolves in the Pacific Northwest, please click the wolf map image at the right and once the new window opens click in it again to get a full-sized view. And please take time to sign our petition to the US Fish and Wildlife Service to maintain protections for western … Continue reading Pacific Northwest Wolf Map
The state of California is only beginning its wolf recovery story. In 1999, Bob Ferris (former Cascadia Wildlands Executive Director) wrote an opinion piece in the San Francisco Chronicle speculating about the potential for wolves to return to California. In 2011 OR-7, now known as “Journey,” traveled to California from his birthplace in northeast Oregon … Continue reading California Wolves
August 14, 2012 Scott Learn, The Oregonian Gray wolves in the western Oregon and Washington and California are just beginning to recover and should continue to be protected under the Endangered Species Act, 24 conservation organizations said today in a letter to President Obama. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to rescind the 1978 … Continue reading Conservation groups ask Obama to keep western population of Northwest’s gray wolves on endangered species list
Having worked in orchards and on ranches as a child and young adult, I have a tremendous respect for the folks who actually produce our food. That respect has led me to work diligently over the years to protect farm land, working landscapes, and family farmers. But in all of this we have to be … Continue reading Let’s Talk of Wolves and Cattle but Please Include Elk, Deer, Fish, and Birds Too.
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, … Continue reading Bringing Back Wolves