OREGON TAKING ANOTHER LOOK AT WOLF MANAGEMENT

Oregon has revised and updated its plan for managing the state’s growing wolf population, retaining provisions that allow depredating wolves to be killed but the governor opposes it. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 6-to-1 to approve the highly contentious plan after hours of public testimony and debate over last-minute amendments. Wolf management has been a source of controversy ever since the species returned to Oregon in 1999. Gray wolves are still federally protected in the western two-thirds of Oregon, though that could change under a pending federal proposal to delist wolves across the Lower 48 states.