Oregon joins its neighboring state of Washington in using lethal control methods against re-colonizing wolves. Washington authorized lethal action against the newly formed Sherman wolf pack in Ferry County. Two wolves from the Smackout pack were killed earlier this summer. The continued removal of wolves is raising concerns among activists about how committed both states are to a policy of allowing wolves to reestablish themselves in the northwest.
Washington recently adopted a new wolf management plan that recognized the wolf's right to exist in the state. Oregon is in the process of adopting a new wolf policy. An unexplained pause in this process allowed the lethal actions in August to go forward under the old rules skewed in favor of agricultural interests. Fears are that the "update" will be the same old policy that favors economic "producers" over wildlife. The Oregon governor has been petitioned by 18 conservation groups to intervene to protect wolves, so far without a response. Interestingly, the long-time manager of Oregon's wolf "management" program has decided not to wait to retire [photo above].