8th July 2011
The Oregon legislature has pass a bill that will establish a program under which wolves are protected and livestock owners whose cattle are killed by wolves will be compensated, but better still is the fact that recent research study indicated the state has enough habitat for nearly 1,500 wolves...After reaching a high of 24 wolves, the stateís confirmed population has fallen to 17 at present, so there is lots of potential for wolf recovery in Oregon.
"We should support this state with our tourism and consumer pro-wolf dollars wherever we can...maybe it will be an incentive for other states to follow suit...well done Oregon." says Vincent Kennard.
3 August 2011
Governor John Kitzhaber signed the state wolf compensation bill Tuesday. It will create a fund of some $100,000 to pay ranchers who lose livestock to legally protected predators.
The Livestock Compensation and Wolf Co-Existence bill goes into effect immediately with Gov. Kitzhaberís signature.
Ranchers that lose livestock killed by wolves will be compensated if;
It is a confirmed wolf kill
The relevant rancher was using non-lethal methods to deter wolf attacks at the time of the kill.
Although the bill is criticized by both ranchers and wolf advocates it is a step in the right direction. It remains to be seen if this bill will be successful or not but Oregon is sending out a message that they are willing to try which is more than many of the other Northern Rockies states can say.
Wolf cubs like these at least have a better chance of survival in Oregon
09 August 2011
LA GRANDE, Ore. ó Two young wolves from the Imnaha pack have struck out for new territory, and the pack's alpha female gave birth to at least one pup this year, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Monday