4 Legal Avenues
In response to these attacks Oregon is moving to legalize the hunting of gray wolves under 4 legal avenues. These four avenues would be caught attacking a cow, caught attacking a human, or proven to have killed two cows. Also special permits given to residents who live in a highly wolf populated area. It would also be granted to those who have suffered multiple attacks on their livestock.
Even more controversial than allowing the public to hunt is the proposal that wolves be eliminated for “causing major declines of ungulate populations.” Environmental groups say killing wolves to save a population of elk or mule deer is premature and unnecessary. And, they said, wolves bring equilibrium to the ungulate population.
The proposal only applies to wolves in the eastern third of Oregon. This proposal only comes after they have reached seven breeding pairs for three consecutive years. This is phase 3 of the state’s wolf plan. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will discuss the proposals during a meeting on April 21 in Klamath Falls.