The state has delayed issuing its long-awaited new wolf management plan and is still operating under a management plan first adopted in 2005. At the time of its adoption, wolves in Oregon were federally protected as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Federal protection for gray wolves in portions of eastern Oregon ended in 2009, but a court case effectively re-established their protected status in 2010. The updated plan requires ranchers to first use non-lethal means of controlling wolf predation. Wolves confirmed to be involved in "chronic depredation" maybe killed by ODFW or a livestock producer who has been issued a permit. One of the stated goals of the plan is to conserve the wolf populations in Oregon.
|members of the newly located Middle Fork pack, Wallowa County|