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Court Stays Execution of Two Oregon Wolves

[large thumbnail url=”court-stays-execution-of-two-oregon-wolves” filename=”editorial” year=”2011″ month=”10″ day=”07″] [thumbnail icon url=”court-stays-execution-of-two-oregon-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”10″ day=”07″]┬áSALEM, ORE –┬áThe Oregon Court of Appeals has issued a temporary injunction stopping the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) from killing the alpha male and another wolf from the Imnaha Pack. The ruling prevents the state from killing the two wolves until the court can fully consider the case and came after three conservation organizations challenged the legality of the agency’s wolf killing program.

Plaintiffs Cascadia Wildlands, Center for Biological Diversity and Oregon Wild filed the legal challenge aimed at halting the shooting. By reducing the pack to only the alpha female and a young pup, the loss of the two wolves would likely have been the nail in the coffin for the Imnaha Pack, which was the state’s first wolf pack since wolves were exterminated nearly 65 years ago. Oregon’s recovering wolf population has fallen from a high of 21 as recently as last year to 14 confirmed wolves in the state today.

“This is a great first step in ensuring wolf recovery in Oregon and the survival of the Imnaha Pack,” said Josh Laughlin, campaign director of Cascadia Wildlands. “Being so early in the recovery process it is critical that wolf populations are maintained, particularly the breeding individuals. It is hard to understand why the state would choose to essentially remove this pack from existence.”

The legal challenge argues that in allowing the killing of two of Oregon’s 14 surviving gray wolves, the state’s wolf management plan is inconsistent with the Oregon Endangered Species Act, which specifically prohibits such action. Plaintiffs in the case include groups that formerly supported the wolf plan, but that now believe the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is abusing its authority to kill wolves while downplaying portions of the plan that focus on conservation, education, and require livestock operations to adopt non-lethal alternatives to shooting wildlife…

Read the entire article on oregonwild.org: Court Stays Execution of Two Oregon Wolves

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