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Wolves in Oregon up 11% from 2017

Gray wolf

This gray wolf was captured on a remote ODFW camera in Mt Hood National Forest on Jan. 4, 2018.

The good news is that 12 wolf packs were documented in Oregon at the end of 2017. And 11 of those packs were successful breeding pairs. See the press release from the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife: Oregon home to more than 124 wolves; count finds 11% increase over last year 2017

On April 10, however, ODFW staff who were already in the area hazing wolves, shot and killed an uncollared yearling female wolf (scroll down the page) of the Pine Creek Pack on the private land where previous depredations occurred.

To learn more about the state of Oregon’s wolf population, see the 2017 Annual Wolf Report which ODFW staff will present to the Fish and Wildlife Commission at its April 20 meeting in Astoria.

Also, as I wrote previously, the commission  will conduct additional facilitated outreach, and postpone final adoption of the draft Wolf Management Plan in the hope of getting more consensus from stakeholders. Therefore, the plan will not be considered for adoption at the April meeting in Astoria. ODFW will announce a new meeting date when it’s scheduled.

In the meantime, your comments on the draft plan can be sent via email to odfw.commission@state.or.us.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission consists of seven members appointed by the Governor for staggered four-year terms. Commissioners formulate policies concerning management and conservation of fish and wildlife resources, and establishes seasons, methods and bag limits for recreational and commercial take.

ODFW postpones Wolf Plan adoption

UPDATE: The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has decided it will conduct some additional facilitated outreach, and postpone final adoption of the draft Wolf Management Plan in the hope of getting more consensus from stakeholders. So the plan will not be considered for adoption at the April meeting in Astoria. ODFW will announce a new meeting date when it’s scheduled.

In the meantime, your comments on the draft plan can be sent via email to odfw.commission@state.or.us. Visit this link for updates on Oregon wolf management and to get on the Wolf Plan email list.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission consists of seven members appointed by the Governor for staggered four-year terms. Commissioners formulate policies concerning management and conservation of fish and wildlife resources, and establishes seasons, methods and bag limits for recreational and commercial take.

All about bats; Comments sought on Oregon Wolf Plan

Little brown bat

Little brown bat

All about bats

By Tracie Hornung

Over the years, Rowena Wildlife Clinic has treated injured bats. I remember a time while working at the clinic when I saw one of  Dr. Cypher’s recovering bat patients. It was so small I don’t know how she was even able to attend to it. (Obviously, Dr. Cypher is very talented!) And happily, that tiny mammal was successfully released back into the wild.

Historically maligned, bats are finally getting some appreciation. As an article from Defenders of Wildlife states, “If you’ve ever enjoyed chocolate, mangoes, guava, wild bananas, or avocados, you might want to thank a bat!” That’s because bats are important pollinators. They even play a role in the production of rum and tequila. However, like many species of wildlife these days, some bat species face serious threats to their survival, including White-Nose Syndrome.

If you want to know more about Oregon’s bats, see the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife website. You can also learn more at Bat Conservation International.


Public comment sought on draft Wolf Management Plan for Oregon

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife will hear public testimony about the draft Wolf Management Plan at its April 19-20 commission meeting in Astoria. Your comments can also be sent via email to odfw.commission@state.or.us.

This is a very important issue for wolf survival in Oregon!

Wolves confirmed in Wasco County

Courtesy ODFW.

Two wolves have been recorded in the same county as Rowena Wildlife Clinic!

Images of the two wolves in the northern portion of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains were captured on remote cameras of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in the Mt. Hood National Forest on January 4.

Read the ODFW press release about this sighting.

ODFW will be taking public comments April 19 and 20 in Astoria, Ore., on its draft Wolf Management Plan. Comments may also be sent via email to odfw.commission@state.or.us.

Some environmental organizations such as Defenders of Wildlife oppose the draft plan. Defenders says it will:

  • Make it easier to hunt wolves by allowing hunters and trappers to kill so-called “problem wolves,” including for declines in deer and elk populations;
  • Include a “vision statement” that gets a foot in the door for the future creation of a general hunting season;
  • Lower the threshold for livestock depredations that would trigger lethal removal of wolves; and
  • Fail to meaningfully address the impacts of poaching.

Also see this  Oregon Public Broadcasting report on the effectiveness — or lack thereof — of wolf kills.

Learn more about Oregon’s endangered gray wolves at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service website.

Lucky bobcat survives freeway hit: Comments sought for draft Oregon wolf plan

Bobcat

The bobcat just after release.
Photo by Carol Rodrick.

This beautiful bobcat is one lucky kitty.

It was found near Mosier, Oregon, by Oregon Department of Transportation personnel, after having been hit by a vehicle on I-84. Fortunately, it was not severely injured, said Dr. Jean Cypher of Rowena Wildlife Clinic, and basically just needed rest and food. After a few days at the clinic, the cat was released.

Here is some info on bobcats in Oregon from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Scroll down the page to see the bobcat entry.

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has released its draft Wolf Management Plan for managing wolves in Oregon.

After invited stakeholder testimony at the agency’s December 2017 commission meeting, the commissioners chose to move the previously scheduled rule-making and adoption of an updated Wolf Plan from the January 19 meeting to a future meeting. ODFW has now scheduled that agenda item for the April 19-20 commission meeting in Astoria.

Public testimony about the Wolf Plan will be taken at the Astoria meeting and can also be provided via email at odfw.commission@state.or.us.

As Northwest states kill wolves, researchers cast doubt on if it works

Gray wolf (Canis lupus).

Gray wolf (Canis lupus). Photo by Gary Kramer, courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

See this story from Oregon Public Broadcasting about the effectiveness of wolf kills.

Among the fascinating results of the research done on this subject is this:

“Over seven years, researchers found the rate of sheep losses due to wolves was 3.5 times lower in an area where they used only non-lethal techniques, compared to an area open to lethal control.”

Learn more about Oregon’s endangered gray wolves at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service website.

 

Beaver on Road to Recovery; Take the Wolf/Coyote Test

beaver

North American beaver (Castor canadensis) recovering at Rowena Wildlife Clinic. Photo by Joni Greenberger, DVM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This young beaver was found in the Columbia River after having been injured by a motorboat propeller. It was delivered to Rowena Wildlife Clinic where it is still in rehabilitation but doing well.

For more information about beavers, visit the University of Michigan’s Critter Catalog.


In the last weeks of summer, as the Columbia River Gorge struggled with what grew into a 48,000-acre wildfire, the clinic was fortunately never in danger. And, surprisingly, few animals needing treatment were brought to the clinic. However, a barred owl that was hit by a fire rescue truck needed minor treatment. Happily, after recovery the owl was released September 24.

For more information about barred owls, see the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.


Could you tell the difference between a coyote and a wolf in the wild?

Courtesy Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

Take this fun test from the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.