Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Oregon wildlife commissioners adopt wolf management plan

Under the old plan, a wolf that attacked livestock twice or more over any period of time was deemed a “chronic depredator” and could be killed in the eastern third of the state, where wolves are managed by the state. The new plan will allow the state to kill wolves after two confirmed attacks during a nine-month period.

Report: Record number of wolves in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. — A record number of wolves are roaming the forests and fields of Oregon, 20 years after the species returned to the state. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reported Monday that the number of known wolves in Oregon at the end of 2018 was 137, a 10% increase over the previous year. There are likely even…

Oregon sees 11 percent growth in wolf population

An anticipated new tally has found 124 wolves in Oregon, an 11 percent increase from last year’s results. Before about two decades ago, wolves had been wiped out in the state. Biologists also counted 13 wolf deaths last year, including four animals that were killed illegally. In addition, they found a 38 percent annual increase in breeding pairs. The annual…

Culling a possibility for Oregon Coast elk concerns, too

GEARHART, Ore. — A new state pilot program intended to control the urban deer population could help cities like Gearhart cull the elk herds that roam the North Coast. Cities that declare deer a public nuisance can petition the state Department of Fish and Wildlife for help to reduce population levels starting next January. “It’s not specifically about elk,” Doug…

Cougar euthanized after several sightings in Oregon town

The mountain lion like this one was spotted in the eastern Los Angeles County community of Azusa, near the San Gabriel Mountains wilderness.SILVERTON, Ore. — Oregon wildlife officials say they were forced to trap and euthanize a cougar after several reported sightings of the animals in and around the town of Silverton. “The cougar was euthanized (last week) because it…

Trapper who shot Oregon wolf sentenced to probation, fined

PORTLAND, Ore. — A trapper who shot a gray wolf after finding it caught in one of his traps has been sentenced to two years on probation and 100 hours of community service. Union County Judge Thomas Powers also suspended David Sanders’ hunting and trapping license for three years and fined him $7,500. Sanders, 58, pleaded guilty Feb. 26 to…

Documentation of wolves near Oregon’s Mt. Hood a new benchmark

Gray wolves are a federally protected species in western Oregon.THE DALLES, Ore. — A remote camera picked up two gray wolves in Oregon’s northern Cascade Mountains, marking the first time multiple wolves have been documented in the area since the species returned to Oregon more than a decade ago. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Tuesday the animals…

Third federally protected gray wolf found dead in Oregon

Killing gray wolves in the western two-thirds of Oregon is a violation of the federal Endangered Species Act and of Oregon state game laws.KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Another gray wolf has been found dead in Oregon, marking the third such death of a federally protected wolf in the past year, state and federal wildlife officials said. The wolf was found…

Oregon’s Deschutes County juggles religious freedom, deer populations

SISTERS, Ore. — In 2014, John Shepherd received some surprising news. Shepherdsfield, his nonprofit church that hosts weddings and other events, was in violation of a Deschutes County provision designed to protect mule deer and other wildlife. Three years later, however, that provision has trapped Deschutes County between a rock and a hard place. County planners are pursuing a code…

Oregon lowers bag limit for summer steelhead

Oregon officials expect the reduced bag limit for hatchery steelhead will be temporary, but it marks a conservative beginning to a season that’s expected to be hampered by low returns. As of Monday, only 70,000 hatchery and 25,000 wild steelhead have passed Bonneville Dam – 30 percent of the most recent 10-year average.