Due to continuing livestock depredation issues in northeast Oregon, wildlife officials plan to remove several wolves from the Harl Butte pack. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) received the request from several livestock producers after confirming two depredations over a five-day period.
“In this chronic situation, lethal control measures are warranted,” said Roblyn Brown, ODFW Acting Wolf Coordinator. “We will use incremental removal to give the remaining wolves the opportunity to change their behavior or move out of the area.”
In the past 13 months, ODFW confirmed seven depredations by the Harl Butte Pack in Wallowa County, which killed three and injured four calves. Six of the depredations occurred in an area that supports dispersed livestock grazing in large forested pastures on private and public lands. ODFW believes that depredations may continue or escalate despite non-lethal deterrent measures in place due to the history of depredation by this pack.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation maintains that predators have a proper place on the landscape. RMEF supports science-based management of all wildlife including wolves, elk, lions, deer, bears and other species in line with the North American Wildlife Conservation Model.
(Photo source: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)