Oregon’s Poaching Problem

In December, Oregon State Police revealed that, between February and July 2021, eight wolves had been found poisoned in Union County, including the entire Catherine Pack and several members of other packs.

The reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction for these horrific poisonings is now at $50,000, including a $2,300 contribution from Speak for Wolves.

On January 8th, in neighboring Wallowa County, a two-year-old collared female wolf from the Chesnimnus Pack, OR-106, was found illegally shot to death.

Conservation groups announced on Thursday a $16,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction for the illegal shooting death of OR-106. Speak for Wolves contributed $1,000 to this reward.

2016 ODFW photo of a yearling wolf of the Chesnimnus Pack, Wallowa County, OR.

In Other News:

  • WDFW North-Central Region Director Brock Hoenes has been charged with poaching, but WDFW has not taken any disciplinary action and he remains in his job. Washington residents: sign Not My WDFW’s petition to demand Department reform. 
  •  Twenty Yellowstone wolves have been killed so far this hunting season when they roamed outside of park boundaries, including 7 members of the famous Junction Butte pack. With months left in Montana’s wolf hunting/trapping season, park officials asked Governor Gianforte (a wolf trapper) to shut down the season, but he declined. Only when 82 wolves have been killed in Region 3 on the northern boundary of Yellowstone will the Montana FWP Commission consider any potential changes to the season. Region 3 Director Pat Byorth can be reached at: CommissionerRegion3@mtfwp.org 

2019 National Park Service aerial photo of the Junction Butte pack in Yellowstone

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