A wolf killed in Oregon is seeing a large reward offered to find the culprit.
At the end of 2015, Oregon was home to a “minimum of 110″ wolves. One of the collared female wolves known as OR-28 was recently killed by a poacher and a reward of $15,000 is being offered for any information on the incident.
The Statesman Journal is reporting that on October 6th, a well-known 3-year-old wolf was found dead in south central Oregon.
As you would imagine wolves spark high-level emotions from both sportsmen and environmentalists. The first wolf entered Oregon from Idaho in 2007 and quickly established territory.
Hence, at the end of 2011, there was a “minimum of 29” wolves in Oregon, but that quickly jumped to a “110 minimum” wolves by the end of 2015.
Why do I say minimum? the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife states on their website that the actual number of wolves in Oregon is likely greater than their estimate.
There is a wolf management plan revision on-going by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Wolf advocates and environmental groups are advocating for the complete removal of wolf hunting as a management option.
However, pro-sportsmen conservation organizations are countering anti-hunting advocacy. The Oregon Outdoor Council recently started an on-going change.org petition. The petition encourages Oregon Governor Brown and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission to keep hunting as an option for the future.
Wolves are protected in western Oregon by the federal ESA. Recently, they were removed from the Oregon ESA by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission in 2015. The legislative body passed a bill confirming the decision in early 2016. The Governor later signed the controversial bill reaffirming the delisting.
The Center for Biological Diversity is offering $10,000 combined with the $5,000 offered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Anyone with information can call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at (503) 682-6131 or Oregon State Police Tip Line at (800) 452-7888.