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Wolf Recovery Threatened in Oregon?

March 8, 2007


Ranchers, conservationists and federal wildlife managers are debating a controversial plan by the Bush administration to remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act. Ranchers oppose the plan for the threat wolves pose to livestock, while conservationists argue the gray wolf could once again face extinction in Oregon.

Steve Pedery, with Oregon Wild, says de-listing the wolves would hamper their natural migration across the border with Idaho and stop their recovery. The gray wolf was hunted to extinction in Oregon 50 years ago.

"We've been working on wolf recovery efforts for the last several years, trying to come up with a plan that allows wolves to recover in Oregon without causing a lot of conflict with landowners and livestock producers."

Pedery adds gray wolves represent a symbol of the American wilderness.

"It's good for our natural resources and for our national heritage that future generations will be able to grow up in an Oregon where you can still hear a wolf howl."

Ranchers and hunters are opposed to the wolve's recovery because of the expected impact on livestock, elk and deer herds. Proponents argue wolves keep coyote and cougar populations in check and help restore ecological balance.

Dondrea Warner/Jamie Folsom, Public News Service - OR