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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


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.


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


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.