By American Farm Bureau Federation
On October 9 and November 9, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider removing the gray wolf from the list of wildlife species that are protected under the Oregon Endangered Species Act (OESA). The Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan calls for the Commission to consider delisting wolves from the OESA when Oregon reaches the conservation objective of four breeding pairs for three consecutive years in eastern Oregon. This objective was met in 2014.
When it was enacted, Wolf Plan was negotiated between the state, environmental groups, and ranchers. Ranchers have honored their end of the bargain. However, now that the population objectives are met, environmental groups are not honoring the commitments they made and are instead requesting greater protections for the wolves. Please send the Commission a message to let them know that Oregon’s farmers and ranchers support honoring the Wolf Plan and initiating the delisting process.
Also, we need farmers and ranchers to attend the Commission meetings to testify about the impact of wolves on the viability of their operations. Please consider attending one or both of the meetings below and speaking to the Commission about this important issue. It is critical that your voice is heard!
October 9 (8:00 AM)
Driftwood Shores Resort
Pacific Room, 2nd Floor
88416 1st Ave.
Florence, Oregon 97439
November 9 (TBD)
ODFW Salem Headquarters
4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302
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