In January, we talked about Oregon’s poaching problem; on February 15h, another female wolf, OR109, was found shot to death.
Just yesterday, Oregon State Police announced the illegal killing of yet another wolf, OR117, a gray 1-year old male near Richland, Oregon.
The Oregon Wildlife Coalition recently launched a new reward program for turning in poachers of non-game species in Oregon. When that species is Canis lupus, Speak for Wolves will commit at least $500 to the reward amount.
We are contributing to the $11,500 reward for information that leads to an arrest for this latest incident.
Oregon residents: contact your ODFW Commissioners and ask them:
What are they going to do to stop the poaching and protect wolves?
You have probably heard the wonderful news that, on February 10, 2022, a U.S. District Court Judge reinstated federal protections and relisted wolves under the Endangered Species Act, from which they had been removed by the Trump administration in 2020. Wolves in the Great Lakes region are again protected.
Though this is a big win for science-based decision making, wolves in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and parts of Eastern Washington and Oregon were exempt from this relisting and are still in dire need of federal protections. Learn more and take action at relistwolves.org.
Save the Dates: August 13-14, 20
The 9th Annual Speak for Wolves Conference will be held online Saturday & Sunday, August 13-14.
More details will be announced soon!
Spring Reading & Learning
We recently updated our website with more learning resources, including new research on wolf poaching, some great books, and recommended reading about the #LANDBACK movement.
Set aside some time this spring to take a deeper dive into the history and issues surrounding wildlife management and marginalization of indigenous communities. It’s important for all of us in the conservation movement to reflect on how white supremacy and systematic racism permeates conservation of wildlife and the land.