ODFW ANNOUNCES LETHAL TAKE ON MEACHAM WOLF PACK

Salem, Ore., (August 24, 2017) – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced their plan to lethally remove two wolves from the Meacham Pack of the southern portion of the Mt. Emily Unit. The first depredation was September 24, 2014, followed by one depredation in 2016 and four depredations in a seven-day span in August.  The request came from a private-landowner and producer on August 21st, 2017, who has complied with all applicable laws.

After numerous attempts by the owner to follow non-lethal efforts to discourage the wolves from pursuing livestock, the continual attacks on calves in the past week show that these efforts were futile. According to the Oregon Wolf Plan Rule 635-111-0020(6) these next steps of lethal removal are the recommended way to protect livestock.

“The rancher in Umatilla County has completed extensive and expensive non-lethal measures to prevent wolf-livestock conflict. Also, these depredations occurred on PRIVATELY OWNED pastures, not on public land. These two points are significant issues given in pro-wolf propaganda for not allowing lethal take of problem packs,” said Jerome Rosa, Executive Director of the OCA. “The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is disappointed in any measures short of full and immediate removal of the Meacham Pack. There is no reason for the continued suffering and killing of defenseless livestock.”

The decision by ODFW for “incremental lethal take,” meaning that only two wolves, at random and none from this year’s litter of pups, will be removed. This same decision was recently made on the Imnaha Pack of Wallowa County, with a calf being killed days later proving that incremental lethal take does nothing to prevent the wolf pack from continuing this behavior.

“Incremental lethal take is a very ineffective and unfair way to handle the lethal take of wolves. This is an effort to placate ranchers and environmentalists alike, which will result in more dead livestock to follow, and is very unfair to the ranchers,” said Todd Nash, OCA Wolf Committee Chair.

“Lethal control is identified in the Oregon Wolf Plan as a needed tool we use when non-lethal measures alone are unsuccessful in resolving conflict,” stated ODFW Director Curt Melcher in a statement released on this announcement.

The situation will be monitored further to determine if additional lethal control will be necessary.

 

 

 

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association was founded in 1913 and works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights.

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