Can We Really Afford Cattle as King Any Longer?


–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?

Pacific Northwest Wolf Map


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

Oregon Wolves


Oregon is in the midst of a wildlife recovery success story. After gray wolves were eradicated from the state by 1947, the species got a second chance by migrating back in from Idaho’s reintroduced population. Between 1999-2000 three wolves traveled into Oregon. One was shot dead; one was hit by a car and killed; and … Continue reading Oregon Wolves

Of Wolf Experts and “Wolf Experts”


By Bob Ferris When I was in graduate school we learned an awful lot in our core areas of expertise.  But we also spent time talking about scientific ethics and acceptable practices.  Part of those discussions dealt with issues relating to research and publications such as why a certain person should be identified as a … Continue reading Of Wolf Experts and “Wolf Experts”

Upper Minam Wolf Pack Documented in Eagle Cap Wilderness


The Oregonian by Richard Cockle JOSEPH — Oregon has a brand new wolf pack, complete with a litter of five pups, discovered last weekend deep in the 560-square-mile Eagle Cap Wilderness of northeastern Oregon. State biologists spotted two gray-colored adult wolves and their pups on Aug. 25 in the Upper Minam River drainage, said Michelle … Continue reading Upper Minam Wolf Pack Documented in Eagle Cap Wilderness

Conservation groups ask Obama to keep western population of Northwest’s gray wolves on endangered species list


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

Let’s Talk of Wolves and Cattle but Please Include Elk, Deer, Fish, and Birds Too.


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.

Bringing Back Wolves


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