The Perils of Delisting

Wolves and Writing

walla-walla-2014 Walla Walla pack wolf. ODFW photo 2/2014

Yesterday, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife released news that a male wolf from the Shamrock pack in Northeastern Oregon had been inadvertently killed by Wildlife Services. Here is the ODFW release:

March 2, 2017

Wolf dies in unintentional take in northeast Oregon Dept of Fish & Wildlife

SALEM, Ore.—Wolf OR48, a Shamrock Pack adult male, died on Feb. 26 on private land in northeast Oregon after an unintentional take by the US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services.

The wolf died after encountering an M-44 device, a spring-activated device containing cyanide powder. The device was in place as part of Wildlife Services operations to control coyotes and prevent coyote-livestock conflict on private land in northeast Oregon.

“The death of this wolf shows the risk involved when wolves are in areas where Wildlife Services conducts these types of operations,” said Doug Cottam, ODFW…

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